I have a confession: Kentucky is the farthest south I’ve been. I’ve never seen any of the plantations the Delta Crossroads Series describes, felt the smothering heat or smelled the sweet magnolias.
So why on earth did I set the series in the South? In 1985, when I was eight years old, I watched a miniseries with my parents. The series was North and South, featuring Patrick Swayze as Orry Main. It follows two men, Orry and George, (Orry from South Carolina and George from Pennsylvania), as they attend West Point, become close friends, and then weather their differences through the Civil War.
I fell in love with the history, the way of life, the speech, and the plantations. The horrors of slavery aside, the antebellum south cultivated a lifestyle unlike any other and in some ways, the southern states still have a very different way of life. Even better, they’re proud of their cultural differences.
North and South jump-started my love for history, and when I came up with the idea for TIN GOD, I knew the book’s religious undertones meant it needed to be set in the Bible Belt. Mississippi immediately stood out. Littered with key points in American history, the state has several plantations, and many are operating as bed and breakfasts. More important is the historic town of Natchez, a place loaded with antebellum homes. Roselea, the setting for TIN GOD, is modeled after Natchez.
By creating Roselea, a town full of historical homes and busy tourists, it was easy to juxtaposition Jaymee, my heroine, as she struggles with poverty and her desperation to find the daughter she believes was stolen from her.
TIN GOD and the Delta Crossroads Series are set in the south because the mystique of the history and the haunting beauty of the plantations creates the perfect atmosphere for the mystery. Terrible things can still happen in safe, sleepy towns, and Roselea is the quintessential historic town full of nasty secrets.
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Born in Indiana and raised in Iowa, Stacy Green earned degrees in journalism and sociology from Drake University. After a successful advertising career, Stacy became a proud stay-at-home mom to her miracle child. Now a full-time author, Stacy juggles her time between her demanding characters and supportive family. She loves reading, cooking, and the occasional gardening excursion. Stacy lives in Marion, Iowa with her husband Rob, their daughter Grace, and the family’s three obnoxious but lovable canine children.
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