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.

Escape Plan is primarily set in the city of Magnuson. It is a small city that was founded by a Mr. Magnuson and his business partner, Mr. Tate after they built a hydro-electric plant on the nearby river. That dam created Lake Tate where much of the action in Escape Plan takes place. Two of the main characters in the novel, Stacia and Bitsy, are the grandchildren of Mr.Tate and Mr. Magnuson and take their roles as members of the elite families of Magnuson entirely too seriously. They were groomed to be matriarchs of the city, but by the time they were in their 40’s the old ways of doing things were fading away.

It was interesting to research and write about the social changes the American South experienced in the middle of the 20th century. In 1976, young women were not as interested in being debutantes and be active in the Junior League as their mothers were. Stacia and Bitsy were clinging to the old ways with their perfectly manicured nails, and no one really cared anymore. All the new people that were streaming into Magnuson had no idea who the Magnusons and the Tates were.

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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