by Allie Harrison
Most of my ideas come from seeing just one thing. I might see a pretty centerpiece on a table and bam, I can see a heroine sitting at that table waiting for the hero, who is late or standing her up. She’s mad, thinking she might just be through with him. Little does she know he’s a spy and he’s been captured and tied to a chair being tortured for information he refuses to give. So when he manages a daring escape and makes it to her place, does she open the door for him? She does when the bad guys come busting in trying to kill them both. Now they’re running for their lives… See how the story comes from seeing just one thing?
When it came to Hargrove House, I was inspired by a real house, just a neat, old home in the historical district of a small town in Southern Illinois. This house even has a ballroom upstairs like Hargrove House. Every Halloween in this small town, there is a haunted tour, where I walk from creepy place to creepy place and listen to a scary story. Some of the stories are made up. Some are legends for that particular part of town. There is an old newspaper office, a gazebo and a few older homes. As I was sitting in the candle-lit parlor of this particular house listening to story about scary sounds coming from the cellar, I thought of Hargrove House. I played what I call the what-if game. What if one of my main characters was a ghost? What if there was more than one ghost? What if my heroine had to restore the house? What if the house turned out to be warm and welcoming except for the cellar? What if something terrible happened in the cellar?
On and on the what-if questions hit me and that’s how Hargrove House was built.
I wasn’t afraid to step into the parlor of that historic home and listen to a spooky story. Are you afraid to step into Hargrove House and discover what evil lurks in the cellar?
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