Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Echoes of Silence by Nadene Carter

Echoes of Silence

Why did you pick the setting you used in your story? I'm not looking for -- "because I live there". I want you to dig deep and tell us...Why you chose that particular setting?

My story, Echoes of Silence, is built around a historically factual incident. Outside this kernel of truth, it is an entirely “made up” story. However, because it is based on fact, the setting needed authenticity.

What does the setting add to the story?

The setting becomes almost like one of the story characters. You see the setting in your mind’s eye, you feel the anger and tension played out in this setting, and the setting provides a vivid backdrop for the story.

Could you write the same story in a different setting? Why or why couldn't you use a different setting?

No, this story couldn’t happen in a different setting. The setting and the story are dependent on each other. One couldn’t exist without the other.

Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting? Or, did you create the setting from scratch?

It is a “real” place, but other than the general area, I fictionalized the setting. If you drove to this area of Malheur County Oregon, you wouldn’t recognize my fictional town of McGregor, Oregon. I gave the town and surrounding towns different names to protect the innocent and the guilty. Tell us some specific details about your setting.

What would we see? What sort of people are there?

In this story setting, you find the local residents of McGregor, Oregon. The area is a melting pot of sorts, with many immigrant families having moved there from England, the Scandinavian countries, Germany, etc. Enter … a small group of Japanese-Americans who have agreed to work in the sugar beet fields of Malheur County rather than sit out the remainder of World War II in the Minidoka, Idaho internment camp. This, by the way, is the kernel of truth in this historical fiction novel.

Thank you for sharing details about your book setting. Now, what's the title of your book and where can we buy it? Thank you for allowing me to tell you about my book. This was the one that begged to be written. The title of my book is Echoes of Silence. You can read more about the story and purchase the book at this URL:

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