The Sound of Water

0 comments Posted on April 14, 2015

Alice and Nickby Laurie Alice Eakes

Water has always been an integral part of my life, not just to use for drinking, bathing, or washing, but being near, on, or in water is elemental to me. I grew up in Michigan, which is mostly water. Most of my childhood memories are of being at the beach beside one of the Great Lakes, in a boat on a lake or river, or swimming. Oh, I love to swim!

Never has water seemed scary to me, whether four inches or forty feet deep.

Then I began to research my latest series of books.

The stories are set in Cornwall, a peninsula pointing a finger into the Atlantic. It’s a coast famous for smugglers, pirates, and shipwrecks. In theory, I knew these waters were dangerous, yet of the many times I have seen the Atlantic ocean, it seemed no more dangerous than Lake Michigan. So how was I going to set my romantic historical mystery and give it moments of tension?

I bought an audio recording, a tourist guide for the north coast of Cornwall, the setting of my stories. After patter about the hotel, the guide took us to the shore on a fine day. A roar filled my headphones. Barely discernible splashes told me this was the ocean, but it wasn’t ocean like I had ever heard. The Pacific along the rockiest of northwest coasts sounds gentler than what that Cornish coastal sea sounded like pounding against those granite cliffs and caves. It didn’t recede. It was relentless and ferocious. If a storm came up, an unwary ship sure could smash to bits upon the rocks along the shore.

Strangers SecretThus, A Stranger’s Secret and a shipwreck and a stranger trapped between the sea and rocks came to life.

About Laurie Alice Eakes:

“Eakes has a charming way of making her novels come to life without being over the top,” writes Romantic times of  bestselling, award-winning author Laurie Alice Eakes. Since she lay in bed as a child telling herself stories, she has fulfilled her dream of becoming a published author, with a degree in English and French from Asbury University and a master’s degree in writing fiction from Seton Hill University contributing to her career path. Now she has nearly two dozen books in print.

After enough moves in the past five years to make U-Haul’s stock rise, she now lives in Houston, Texas, where she and her husband are exploring their new neighborhood. Although they haven’t been blessed with children—yet—they have sundry lovable dogs and cats. If the carpet is relatively free of animal fur, then she is either frustrated with the current manuscript, or brainstorming another, the only two times she genuinely enjoys housework.


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