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Friday, March 11, 2011

Friday Spotlight: Nan D. Arnold

Merry Acres Widows Waltz – Setting

Setting plays a crucial role in the novel. First, it’s geared to a certain demographic. It takes place in South Florida for that reason. We can retire anywhere on the planet but we naturally associate retirement in the Sunbelt and in Florida specifically. 

But, more than that, there’s a connection. From the place itself. Though not a paranormal, a legend about the woman who owned the land upon which the planned retirement community sits affects the story.

Meredith Montgomery, whose family owned the land for generations, wanted to pass the land on to her family as she was childless. Her husband, on the other hand, wanted to sell it and remove them elsewhere. This was at a time when a woman normally went along with her husband, no questions asked. Merry didn’t ask any either. Funny though, her husband met with an accident, a fatal one.  Merry’s involvement could not be proved or disproved. But later, a legend sprang up about the place. Some said Merry’s land attracted wronged women. And wronged women can be vengeful. Bad things can happen when women are threatened or mad.

Several husbands within Merry Acres find that out, the hard way.


Cheryl B. Dale said...

Hmmm. Wonder if they used that to promote the retirement community!

Nan D Arnold said...

Ha Ha, a new slant!