Today, I’m proud and pleased to bring you a character post from an author I’m really excited about. I love stories about towns with mysterious, dark histories, and from what I’ve read of Natasha Troop’s Lakebridge books, she really captures those elements well and knocks it out of the park. I’m very pleased to bring you a little of her work today and to be part of her tour.
So without further rambling from me, let’s get to Lakebridge: Summer, and the intriguing character post Natasha has provided for today!
Shelley was unsure why she was being interviewed, but there were so many reporters roaming around Stansbury these days, they seemed to feel it necessary to get what one called “local color.”
“Do you mind if I ask you a question?”
Of course she minded and even if she told this woman she minded, she would go ahead and ask because, really, what else did the woman have to do. So whatever.
The woman smiled as if Shelley’s noncommittal was an exuberant yes.
“How often do you like to visit the lake?”
“I don’t really like visiting it.”
“Well, when’s the last time you were there?”
Shelley hadn’t been back to the lake since just after Kurtz died. There was a moment there where she felt something had changed, where she knew that the bridge shouldn’t be there, that it should have never been there. It was foreign to the world and she tried not to think about it and yet it was always there behind everything, like a stalker in her mind that hid in the dark spaces behind her thoughts and she knew it was there but could never quite see it, never confront it and make it go away.
She tried to distract herself with the world outside of Stansbury. She read tabloids like crazy because for some reason that she couldn’t quite put her finger on, reading about the lives of other people who had the gall to be famous had become her sorry defense against the darkness. She admired and hated the clothes the tabloids told her to admire and hate. She worried about the actress whose husband was shooting a movie with the other actress who was notorious for breaking up couples and she didn’t even know why she cared or why she worried except that the more she cared and the more she worried, the less the bridge seemed to matter except when she thought about it for just a little moment, noticed it hiding out in her thoughts and then it all came flooding back and all the pretty clothes and all the broken marriages stopped mattering because they didn’t matter when all those people died…all her friends… and that bridge was still there where it shouldn’t be.
She tried to distract herself with the world outside of Stansbury. She wanted to know who all these people in town were so she watched the news on cable and wondered how they could be paying all this attention to a few people dying in s small Vermont town when there were so many other problems in the world that were really a whole lot more important. It seemed like everything was just as important as everything else the way they all argued and none of it seemed real. They even made what had happened in Stansbury seem like it hadn’t really happened. Some of them questioned whether or not it had or if there was a conspiracy of locals and none of them got that real people had died and there was something actually wrong with the bridge. She stopped watching the news because it made her want to go out and scream about that very thing she was trying so hard not to think about.
Shelley couldn’t quite bring herself to smile at the woman. “I don’t go down there anymore. I try not to think about it.”
Curious? Then you should definitely check out Lakebridge: Summer.
Synopsis of Summer:
In the aftermath of a tragic spring day, the people of Stansbury, Vermont, are unable to forget what happened, as they have all the tragedies of their past. After the media exploited their pain, they have become uneasy with the world beyond their town and with any outsiders.
In the aftermath of the media deluge, latecomers straggle into Stansbury looking to pick up the scraps of stories left behind. What they find, however, is that the powerful forces that have guided the destinies of the people of the town for hundreds of years are now at war with one another and in need of pawns.
In the aftermath of Spring, there is Summer.
Natasha grew up in Southern California and received her Bachelor’s degree from UCLA in Comparative Literature. She also holds Masters Degrees in both Secondary Education and Creative Writing. Natasha currently lives in the Phoenix area with her spouse, son, daughter and menagerie of pets, including a Basset named Moose and a very overprotective collie dog. Aside from writing and teaching high school students to love theatre.
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