Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Gatekeeper's Realm by Elena Dorothy Bowman

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...It just seemed the natural setting for a mystery, paranormal series. The house up on the rocks overlooking the ocean caught my attention and the more I looked at it, the more it seemed to fit perfectly.

Why you chose that particular setting?

In all the years my family and I had been going to Good Harbor in Gloucester, we never saw anyone walk in or out of that house. I couldn't help but wonder why no one even went in there.

Was there something horrible that happened in that house? Was someone murdered? Why did it seem so forlorn, so lonely, so empty?What does the setting add to the story?

Actually, the house is the story, or a main part of it, because all the trials and tribulations the characters suffer happen inside the house or the area around it, down to and including the sea coast villages nearby.

Could you write the same story in a different setting?

Probably, but it wouldn’t have the same charm, eeriness, or trials, that the house and the surrounding mystery brings to it.

Why or why couldn't you use a different setting?

It simply wouldn't be the same story.

Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting?

Yes, actually, the house itself is real, although what I wrote about it, as far as I know, never happened. However, the towns and surrounding areas are a composite of many different places.Yes and no. The town involved is not actually real, but it is a composite of several towns, and of course, I have no idea if any town or area I portray in my novels, actually exist outside my imagination.Or, did you create the setting from scratch?Other than the actual house, yes, the rest of the setting is a figment of my imagination.Tell us some specific details about your setting.

What would we see? What sort of people are there? If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us? For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting?

The house itself is, as some would say, enchanted. The owners, Abigail and Ethan, are decendants of the Founding Fathers, and Abigail's stay at the house is paramount to her becoming the owner. The visitors read a brochure assuring those who sought a new and different vacation that they would not be disappointed. It trumpeted a vacation hideaway that had no electricity, no running water, pumps only, no central heating system, no phones and no television. It also boasted of fabulously appointed rooms, fireplaces, breathtaking ocean views, swimming, underwater caves, sailing, and a touch of suspense and intrigue. But neither Abigail, Ethan, or the visitors were prepared for the apparitions that decided to invade the house. And if you were a guest at this setting, you would bring the normal things one would take on vacation plus a strong appreciation for the unexpected.Thank you for sharing details about your book setting.

Now, what's the title of your book and where can we buy it?

The title of the book is the Gatekeeper's Realm. It is the second book in the Legacy Series and can be purchased at:,,, or your favorite book store.

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