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Get to Know Our Authors On H. Schussman’s Blog

ElTiburon 500x750Author H. Schussman, who penned El Tiburon, invites our authors to her blog so she can ask some of the best questions! In case you haven’t stopped by for a visit, here are April and May’s recent posts with intriguing questions and responses from our authors!

Karina Bartow, author of Forgetting My Way Back to You
http://hschussman.blogspot.com/2019/05/guest-post-k-bartow_9.html?m=1

K.S. Mitchell, author of Pen & Quin, International Agents of Intrigue
http://hschussman.blogspot.com/2019/04/guest-post-ks-mitchell.html?m=1

 

In Case You Missed It: Meeting Karina Bartow

On April 27th, Karina Bartow, author of Forgetting My Way Back to You, a contemporary romance, was at the Ohioana Book Festival signing copies of her book and meeting with readers. Below are a couple of pictures from the event. If you’d like to meet Karina and missed your chance this time, check out her website for upcoming events! She’d love to meet you!

 

Meet Author Karina Bartow!

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Karina Bartow, author of the heartwarming contemporary romance, Forgetting My Way Back to You will be meeting readers and signing books in April! Check out the details for your chance to meet her!

Sandusky, OH Read Local! Book Fair

April 6 from 1-3pm

Ohioana Book Festival (which is hosting over 150 Ohioan authors)

April 27 from 10:30am-5pm in Columbus, OH.   

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Setting the Scene of Forgetting My Way Back to You by Karina Bartow

GUEST POST BY KARINA BARTOW, AUTHOR OF FORGETTING MY WAY BACK TO YOU

Every story has a setting, whether it be an exotic locale in Europe or the protagonist’s living room.  Early in my writing journey, I experimented with creating my own fictitious towns, as many authors masterfully craft, but I couldn’t “feel” the story when I did so.  Thus, I began setting my characters in real places, preferably ones I’ve visited.

Forgetting My Way

In the case of Forgetting My Way Back to You, my newest novel, it took me years to decide on the location.  My earliest draft had the characters set in Rhode Island.  Because I’d never been near the area, I soon changed it to Florida, but another state lingered in my mind.  I played around with the idea, until Pennsylvania won out at last.

Since I’d gone to Philadelphia, I wanted to base it around there.  Being a country girl, though, I felt more connected to a small town for this particular story.  After much more deliberation than one might deem necessary, I settled on Coatesville as my protagonists’, Charlee and Hunter’s , home.

Despite it being a day’s drive from my home in Ohio, I wasn’t able to visit the town until after I finished the book.  It disappointed me that I couldn’t use my “field research” to implement in the novel, but seeing the sights confirmed that I made the right choice.  Without giving too much away, Coatesville is the cozy hometown environment I hoped it’d be.  While it isn’t the middle-of-nowhere neighborhood where I grew up, it’s far from life in the big city, which would make a dreamer like Hunter restless and longing for more.  At the same time, the undoubtedly tight-knit community and warm landscapes would draw him back in time.

The stop I enjoyed most was The Cameron Estate Inn, in nearby Mount Joy.  The nineteenth-century mansion serves as a bed & breakfast, a restaurant, and a popular wedding venue.  In Forgetting My Way Back to You, Hunter takes Charlee there for dinner on a first date, but his romantic plans are thwarted when they discover two weddings are being hosted there.  He uses charm to navigate several unexpected twists, and in the end, the evening plays an integral part in reuniting the high school sweethearts.  It’s always been my favorite scene, but after going to the gorgeous place, I love it even more!