Today is the last stop on the Angelina's Secret by Lisa Rogers blog tour hosted by Good Choice Reading . I reviewed Angelina's Secret a last month and its a great book. You can check out my review here! Enjoy my tour stop with a guest post from author Lisa Rogers.
Weaving Facts into Fiction (part 2)
This post contains book excerpts and spoilers.
Yesterday I was over at Chayse @ bookreaper.blogspot.com discussing how authors weave facts into their fiction writing to make it more believable. If you missed it, please go here to get caught up.
Like yesterday’s post this scene takes place while Angelina is still in the mental institution, trying to convince her family that she isn’t crazy. Adie, the ghost, is communicating through Angelina and trying to give Patty some information about their Victorian home.
“Angel, ask them if they know the house was also the first one
in town to have electricity.”
“It was? Wow! It really was top of the line, wasn’
t it?” Angelina turned her attention back to the family. “Did you guys know our house was also the first one in town to have electricity?”
Ken cleared his throat and glanced over at Patty. “I’m afraid you’re wrong about that one, honey. The house was built with gas lighting. We found the old gas pipes when we were doing
“You can tell Mr. Know-It-All I would know what my house
did and didn’t have,” Adie scoffed. “You can also tell him the house had both.”
“Why would it have both?” Angelina asked.
ve already said, no one else around here had electricity in their homes at the time and Cecil, bless his heart, didn’t quite trust it. He said we could put it in and give it a try, but he wanted gas lighting just in case.”
“Did it work?”
“Oh, yes. It worked just fine. But truth be known, Cecil was a
little scared of it. He was afraid when he touched the light switch, it would shock him. For the longest time he wouldn’t allow me to turn it on.” Adie smiled at the memory. “He had a long, rubber coated pole he would use to reach halfway across the room to turn the switch on. The whole time the electric lights were burning, Cecil wouldn’t allow the rest of us anywhere near them.”
It took most people quite awhile to accept the fact that electricity could be safely used in the home. It has been reported that the 23rd president of the US, Benjamin Harrison, and his wife were not very happy when the White House was wired for electricity. Some accounts say they refused to use the new lights and continued using the old gaslights. Other accounts claim once the new lights were turned on in the White House, Benjamin Harrison and his wife were so afraid to touch the light switches that they just left them on day and night.
I hope you’ve enjoyed this little peek into what goes on in a writer’s mind. No matter the situation, there are always elements of truth to the making of a story.
As a child, Angelina spent years in counseling learning that Josie, her imaginary friend, wasn't real, but it turns out her childhood friend wasn't imaginary after all.Now Angelina has to accept she's either (A) crazy or (B) able to see ghosts. Wanting to believe in her sanity, she chooses (B) and welcomes Josie back into her life. But even Josie can't help her deal with Shelly, the spirit of a confused teenager, and things go very, very wrong.When Angelina finds herself in a psychiatric hospital, she faces a choice: she can spend the rest of her life pretending to be someone she isn't, or she can embrace who she is and take a chance that she may never get to go home.
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