fiction, historical fiction, map of setting, setting

I should have included a map

At least one early reader of The Girl on the Mountain suggested I create a map of the region. I started, but didn’t carry through for several uninteresting reasons.

It’s still a good idea. Maybe I’ll do it for the sequel.Winklr.map

Here you see my hand-drawn concept. The first chapter starts with May Rose in the mountainside cabin, located on the map near the middle of the map. A logging railroad climbs the mountain past the cabin to Camp Six (top) where her husband works through the week.

The map shows two paths down the mountain to the mill town–one rail, and the shorter path through virgin forest.

Winkler, the town built and managed by the Winkler Logging Company for its employees, stretches along the narrow valley below, with the mill taking up all the flat land. In the bottom right, you see a dot for the boardinghouse. The map is sadly out of scale.

I’ve termed The Girl on the Mountain ‘historical fiction,’ but it’s actually ‘period fiction,’ meaning it describes a way of life in a particular period. Winkler is a fictional town, a composite of a number of places, most similar in layout to Thomas, an old town in Tucker County near the Canaan Valley ski resorts.  I also had the vanished town of Spruce in mind, which in logging days had no access except by railroad.

The sequel to this story brings back several characters to the same region, now drastically changed. Proposed titles: (1) The Legacy of Lucie Bosell (2) Wanda’s Revenge (3) Cold Comfort. If one of these sounds intriguing to you, let me know!