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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.

The setting of a novel can serve as a character unto itself. Lake Tate quietly lurks in the background in both Overlook and Escape Plan.

The land that the Overlook neighborhood is built on was created when Stacia Tate Curran and Bitsy Magnuson’s grandfathers built a hydroelectric dam and flooded the towns in the river valley to create Lake Tate. What had once been a hardscrabble piece of land covered with sweetgum trees and poison ivy became valuable lakefront property. The Tate family didn’t waste any time developing the land and building their own little fiefdom.

When Kitty kills her husband and sinks his body in the lake, the history of the area comes back to haunt Stacia Tate Curran. The thought of Seth’s body mouldering among the houses of the flooded town weighs heavily on her mind and contributes to her unravelling. She agreed to help her friend get away with murder but is paying the price of her own well-being. Using the lake as a backdrop for much of the action in both novels lends a sense of foreboding to the scenes.

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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