I'm thrilled to share with you an idea that has been percolating in my mind recently. I've always been intrigued by the vibrant tapestry of local histories and legends that surround us, and now, I'm considering bringing one such tale to life in my next novel.
The town of Millville in Columbia County boasts an urban legend that has caught my attention—the story of Katy Vandine from the 1800s. It's a tale that has spun countless versions over the years, each narrating a tragic end for Katy - from tales of ostracization due to an unexpected pregnancy, grief over the loss of a soldier fiancé, or being unjustly accused of witchcraft. Despite the colorful folklore, there's no substantiated historical evidence supporting these tales.
Today, the small church where Katy is said to have ended her life stands as a symbol of community and faith, continuing to hold regular services and community events. It's also where her real story unfolded—a tale markedly different from the ghostly tales circulating around. A descendant of Vandine debunked the legends, verifying that she lived a long life, passed at the age of 87, and was an active member of the church community. The real-life Katy Vandine was far from the tragic figure painted in the urban legends.
It's this intriguing mix of fact and fiction that has inspired me. I'm considering venturing into the realm of a split time novel, with the church serving as the focal point, interweaving the present and past, debunking myths, and weaving a tale that combines the thrill of suspense with the timeless power of love.
Before I can fully delve into this new project, however, I have a duty to complete my current editing work. As excited as I am about exploring this idea, It's best for me to focus on one task at a time. But, rest assured, when time permits, I'll be diving into this tantalizing new project. I can't wait to take you all along for the ride as this new story unfolds!