Book: Ratham Creek by Marie F. Martincategories: Book, Thriller, Romance, Family Fued, Family, Timber Fueding, Logging, Mountains, Rural Living, Suspense
Marie F. Martinabout this book: Ratham Creek is a story that brewed in my mind for a long time. In the 1990s, I joined a critique group and started writing the story and getting edited at the same time. As the chapters unfolded, I had good and bad experiences with the writing process. Some days the words flowed and on others they did not. I was raked through the coals by my critique partners, but survived.
I decided if I was going to write about the setting where I placed my characters, I needed to walk in it. My husband and I drove into the mountains of Northwestern Montana. We came across an old rural school house, a cemetery, and many entrances to places with no trespassing signs. I received permission from one owner to hike around her part of a mountain. I saw an old still shack, logging equipment and the isolation of mountain living.
Slowly, the story became real, and it was on paper. However, I couldn't find a literary agent for this love story within a family of feuding people. The manuscript went onto a shelf in my office, and I wrote my other two novels, which are doing well on Amazon Kindle.
In 2014, I retrieved the Ratham Creek manuscript from the depths of the closet and rewrote it. An artist friend, Nick Oberling, had an oil painting I loved. He gave me the copy right to it for the cover and I had my cover designer add the crack and title.
The story is about Arianne Hollis, who is in her forties, newly widowed and broke. She moves to a rural mountainous area to try and make a life for herself. A feud between families breaks out, like the ones that used to happen in West Virginia. Arianne meets Ross Ferrell and becomes entangled in his family's fight with the Hoffmans.
Arianne is taken hostage and believes Ross has been killed. Will she also become vengeful and join the fight?
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