Six years ago, Trevor Benton chose between love and power. Now, his wife is dead, and his business is booming. Isolated and surrounded by greed, he finds that dreams are nightmares when reached alone. But, perhaps all hope is not lost. Deep in the woods of Maine, there lies a cabin on an unnamed lake that might be his salvation. Left to him in his wife’s will, it is a mystery to Trevor. The Island of Stone is a land of untouched beauty, but it is not a place to relax. As the sun dips low and the shadows devour the land, dark and ancient secrets blow through the trees, secrets that will change Trevor more than he can imagine.
Targeted Age Group:: young adult, adult
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
When I started the journey of writing this book, I knew that nature was going to be an essential character. I live in the city now but grew up in a small country town, and part of me yearned for fragrant forests, crystalline waters, and the feel of weather uninhibited. Surrounded by the bustle of people, I also desired a bit of quiet, so isolation would also be a key factor. My previous works have been character-rich and research-heavy. I wanted Island of Stone to be more straightforward with fewer moving parts. There would be few characters, with the lead being a tortured soul. What better way to do that then to make Trevor Benton grieving the death of his wife.
The main ingredients were there- a sad man, alone on an isolated island deep in the wilderness. I could have kept it at that, exploring the realms of grief and isolation, but I am not comfortable in the confines of pure literary fiction. I love fantasy, mystery, and the paranormal just too much not to add that spice, so that flavor is certainly there.
How Did You Come up With Your Characters?
Trevor developed organically from his situation. I wanted him to be a man of means who suffered a great loss, but that was the only prerequisites. I place Trevor on the Island of Stone and just let the writing develope the character.
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