During this year’s A to Z Challenge, I am writing about my latest novel, Escape Plan by giving you all little snippets about the characters, inspiration, and lessons learned while writing my third novel.

Charlotte, North Carolina is one of the few real locations in Escape Plan. I liked setting a few scenes in Charlotte because it tethers the rest of the narrative in relation to a real place a reader could place on a map. In 1976, Charlotte was a nice little city. It is now a huge city with sprawling suburbs. The reason I chose Charlotte that it is a city flanked by two large lakes where Kitty and the gals could pretend her husband had died. A key element of Kitty’s escape plan is for the police to assume her husband’s dead body was in Lake Wylie south of Charlotte, rather than the lake just beyond his back door. Charlotte’s lakes are deep and make an excellent place to sink a body (or pretend to sink a body).

Escape Plan by Elizabeth Hein (100x150)To celebrate the release of Escape Plan coinciding with the A to Z Challenge, I am giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and 3 copies of Escape Plan. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to reach you when you win.

Also, if you sign-up to receive my newsletter, I will send you a free copy of Overlook, the prequel to Escape Plan.

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