Welcome to Port Swan

Over the next six month's I will be introducing you to the many aspects that make up the world of my novella. Beginning with the fictional setting that the story takes place in, Port Swan, NC.

Port Swan is based on several different towns along the North Carolina coast, while not being any of them in particular. Southport, Swansboro, Pine Knoll Shores, Topsail Island, and Wilmington have inspired this setting greatly, and are all places that I hold near and dear.

I have called NC home my entire life, and while I do not live at the coast a piece of my heart resides there year round. Every time I step foot on coastal ground, I feel like I'm home. They say to write what you know, so it was only natural for me write about my favorite place, which is most definitely by the sea. 

Welcome to Port Swan, NC. 

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Port Swan is a fictional island sandwiched in between the Atlantic Ocean and the Inner Coastal waterway. It is home to the many founding families of Port Swan - namely, the Davenport and Marshall families. 

In the year 1850, the year Port Swan was founded, Gardenia Swan inspired Clarence Davenport to name the town. Twenty-two years later she inspires him to begin construction on the Swan Lighthouse.

Along with the lighthouse and the key to the town the Davenports own the town vineyard -  a muscadine grape farm, just across the bridge on the mainland.

But, the Marshall family, while not directly connected to the Davenport's, hold the true key to the town - the secret of the time portal. 


I hope you guys are excited to spend some more time in Port Swan once the story begins...

Amber

Writing a novella

During the month of April I participated in Camp Nanowrino - and won! I wrote a total of 54,000 words toward a novel I named, Wearing Lynnie's Dress. While I am very proud to call myself a winner, I know in my heart that the novel isn't what it's supposed to be... yet. 

During the writing of Wearing Lynnie's Dress a new idea popped into my head and simply would not leave me alone. During the many late night's in April I would quickly jot down ideas for the new (pestering) idea, brushing it off entirely while I focused on Lynnie.

Once May hit, I couldn't shake the pull anymore. I jumped in head first.

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While I was excited to see where the new idea would take me, I had no idea that it would be so close to home. The many layers of the novel came out fast, in the form of a time traveling spin off of Lynnie. A story set in the same town, with a few overlapping characters. 

I am happy to say, that this novella feels right. It feels like the start of something good - something I've been reaching for, for far too long. In only two short weeks the first few chapters will be in the hands of beta readers and I'll be holding my breath while I wait for their reviews. 

Throughout the summer I will be introducing you to the many aspects of this story - the setting, the magic, and most importantly the characters. I hope you are all as excited as I am to jump in. 

Amber