My latest book, THE ENFORCER, is set in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Whenever I visit a new area, everything I experience becomes fodder for my books. A year ago, my younger son attended college in West Virginia, and I stumbled upon Harpers Ferry, which many people have heard of, thanks to the famous abolitionist, John Brown, whose raid on the armory there helped to spark the Civil War.
My heroine, Dylan Connelly, is a direct descendant of John Brown. She’s also the leader of the fictional Second Amendment Militia, a militia concerned with the right of individuals to protect their lives and liberties against a tyrannical federal government. Because of her anti-government sentiment, Dylan Connelly is the FBI’s top suspect in the recent murder of the Secretary of Defense.
Dylan attends St. Peter’s Church in Harpers Ferry. When it comes to St. Peter’s Church, I had to take certain liberties as a writer to make my story work. First of all, the church doesn’t have an 8 a.m. early service. And secondly, the creepy looking door that provides access to the foundation of the church can be found in the front of the building, not off to the side.
Other than those nods to literary license, I tried to capture the feel and flavor of this beautiful historic location, by mentioning the Victorian-era train station, various restaurants, shops, and—most importantly—Jefferson’s Rock, an awesome natural monument that offers a view worth crossing the Atlantic Ocean for, as declared by Thomas Jefferson, for whom the rock is named.
I hope I did justice to the setting of THE ENFORCER. Places and people never fail to inspire my imagination! Enjoy the book,