Dreaming a little Florida history
Living in Florida is an odd mix of modernity and past. The history of the state goes back 12,000 years when our first human population were hunter-gatherers, then again in 1513 when Ponce De León came and officially claimed the state for Spain. He was followed in the 1550s by Hernando de Soto and Tristán de Luna who settled Pensecola.
In the 1800s, a fort was built on the small island of Santa Rosa in Pensecola bay and dubbed Fort Pickens. The Union claimed the fort before the Confederates could get their hands on it, and thus, began the stand off that some folks say rivaled Fort Sumter as the first battle of the Civil War.*
The two sides stationed troops all over Florida during the war, but when it came time for me to write my story, The Artist’s Inheritance, it was this intriguing little fort that caught my attention. A lot of people, even people here, don’t know about this first shot of the war business. I can’t tell you how many people are surprised when they ask me why I picked Pickens. They all connect it to Geronimo and though he was held there, it had a history before his arrest. So, I thought, herm…what else could that little fort be hiding?
This soldier then walked into my dreams one night, and said, “Hey, You know that fort you’re reading about? I have a story for you.”
Of course, I’m not sure he’s telling me the truth. He is cursed and, more importantly, certifiable. ;)
But I’d wanted to connect the Civil War into one of my Florida-based stories for years, and just never found the right way to do it. Then Roland walked in, nuts as he is, I hope you enjoy his little story of Fort Pickens, Florida and the artist who inherited his curse.
Settling into their new home in Gulf Breeze, Florida, Caitlin finds strange changes coming over her husband Trevor. He seems obsessed with a beautiful chair he’s carving.
When the nightmares deepen and ghosts begin lurking—she knows something’s not right, and not just her newfound precognitive abilities. It’s the damned chair, she’s sure. Could it be just what it seems: a mundane piece of furniture? If so, why is it attracting dark forces—the forces she suspects drove Trevor’s siblings to insanity and suicide?
Before the same happens to Trevor, Caitlin must convince him to sell his art. But armed with only a handful of allies, and little experience of the supernatural, she must proceed with caution against the hellish forces besieging her family. If she succeeds, she will break the ancestral curse. If she fails, she may lose forever the one thing she cares about most: her beloved Trevor.
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