Monday, April 13, 2015

When Reality and Fiction Collide

Since this is a mystery blog, I won't go into too many details about my current work in progress, called Hailey's Chance.

However, there's one thing that really struck me that I'd like to share. Last Thursday, rough weather was predicted for Illinois, with thunderstorms and the possibility of tornadoes. That morning, alternating periods of calm, then downpours, occurred. One particularly loud boom startled me, and I never did find out exactly where the lightning had hit.

The DH and I had scheduled the cable guy to come out, and we were concerned he wouldn't be able to complete the job. It turned out he managed to dodge the next upcoming storm, which was a good thing, since he had to get up on the pole as part of the installation.

As predicted, the break in the action, along with the rising temperature, instead of being a good thing, turned deadly, creating a perfect method for tornadoes to develop. Our village was spared, but an especially horrible one struck in a small Illinois town called Fairdale.

By coincidence, the fictional town of Deerview, Wisconsin, in Hailey's Chance is hit by a tornado, which impacted the lives of its residents.

It's one thing to write about fictional characters in a fictional town experiencing a tragedy, but when a tornado becomes an actuality, such as the case in Fairdale, it's very eerie.

On the positive side, it's heartening to learn that, just as in my book, the Fairdale neighbors and relatives are helping each other get back on their feet. Also, caring outsiders are pitching in. Already, much progress is being made. It's good to know the true American spirit is still alive and flourishing.

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Marilyn Meredith a.k.a. F. M. Meredith said...

Scary weather always makes great fodder for mystery novel.

Morgan Mandel said...

Yes, scary weather is great for mystery novels, but not so great for real life!