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Mysterious old homes, shrouded mountains and valleys hidden between misty ridges; the lure of Eastern Woodland Indians and Scots-Irish settlers in colonial American…this is what I know, what I love. But in writing Enemy of the King, I spread beyond my Virginia home base and journeyed into the Carolinas at the height of the Revolution. Enemy of the King is my version of The Patriot with flavors of Daphne Dumaurier’s Rebecca.
As for the ‘snake thing’ in Chapter One, it’s drawn from an incident that happened to me at Chapel Hill(pictured) when I was a girl. Back in my contest circuit days, more than one judge told me a snake couldn’t possibly get into a house and wind around the antlers of a buck mounted up on the wall. They can and one did; a rather horrifying discovery for a child to make in the wee hours on her way to the bathroom. And then there’s the fact that I always suspected the house was haunted…not sure by whom.
The feel and flavor of the old plantation homes I’ve visited and revisited over the years has influenced me enormously…the whiff of old English boxwood, massive trees that have withstood countless storms, weathered brick from centuries past, handcrafted furniture Thomas Jefferson could have used, ah, and the old portraits…there’s a real sense of place in these rooms and grounds, of time having paused in a more gracious age. And so, I linger there.
Blurb for Enemy of the King:
South Carolina, spies and intrigue, a vindictive ghost, the battle of King’s Mountain, Patriots and Tories, pounding adventure, pulsing romance…ENEMY OF THE KING.