Book: Spirit Road by Sydney Cade Westcategories: Book, Fantasy, Futuristic, Ghost, Mystery, Suspense, Paranormal Romance
Sydney Cade Westabout this book: Sometimes ideas just come to me, but other times, something I see triggers a thought that grows into an idea for a book. That's what happened with Spirit Road. An old, well cared for antebellum home in a neighboring town was up for sale. I thought it would make a fantastic B&B, but I couldn't afford to buy it. So I did the next best thing. I turned it into a book and developed characters who could turn my dream into their reality. And I lived it with them.
I paired the cover photo with the heart of the story; a tale that centers on Campbell's Lakeside Inn at the top of Spirit Road and a handful of local residents, Bill, Darcy, and Dot who figure prominently in the book. Primary characters are owner of the Inn, Elena Campbell, an agile pleasant older woman who looks too young for her years and knows more than she should. She renews a friendship with local photographer, Jill Anne Bennett, who hides her wealth and her career from everybody she knows – except Elena. There's Bobby Smith, Jill's lover who betrays her and sets the whole town against him throwing him into Hazel's life, and pilot, Trent Neal, who has a minor auto accident, walks into town looking for help and finds more than he's looking for; he finds Jill Anne. Behind it all is a dormant life changing prophecy predicted for the town of Brighton W. Virginia, and with Trent Neal's appearance, that prophecy is awakening and once set in motion, there will be no turning back; otherwise lives will be lost and the Inn will lie in ruins.
For me, the hardest part of writing a book isn't the writing. It's keeping things in sequence and keeping the dates, locations, chapter headings, and page numbers straight, and getting the format right for the print and the Kindle versions.
I research the background for each book. I do it all online. I check time frames, weather, distances between towns and cities, clothes, music, and social norms of the time period; however, I don't always stick with those 'norms.' Sometimes, I defy them outright, but attention to all those little details makes the story more believable.
What have I learned? I learned that writing fiction is the best thing I've ever done. I love my characters; most of them. When a book is finished, I miss them. I write pretty fast; I can write a book in a couple of months, but I don't advise it. I always order copies of each book to put in my bookcase. If I start to miss those people I spent so much time with, I read the books again and renew old acquaintances. Number one lesson? Keep copies! I use a flash drive and store copies of my books and my work products in case my computer gets fried, because I could never write that particular book again.
To my readers: Thank you for reading my books. I hope you enjoy them and tell others about them. To the readers who also want to write. Do it! If it doesn't work out, at least you tried and perhaps found out that writing was not your forte. But if you don't try, then you will never know what might have been, and I think that would be the bigger tragedy.
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