By Ellen J Green
A terrible car crash sets things in motion for 31 year old Mackenzie when her critically injured husband, Nick, whispers warnings that someone from his past may attempt to harm or kill her after his passing. He urges her to travel to Philadelphia to his childhood home. Find James, he insists. It's the only way out.
So for those of you who don't know, I live pretty close to Philadelphia, PA. So when I found of Book of James was placed near there I wondered why. This was the author's response.
I was born and raised on a farm in upstate NY and moved to Philadelphia region when I was 17 years old.
I lived in south Philadelphia but worked out in the northwest section of the city. Everyday I traveled through Chestnut Hill. I loved the streets paved with Belgian block, the quaint stores built from stone, and the old mansions set back from the road. When I started writing The Book of James, it was set in a location that wasn’t named. I had this historic town in my head, with stone pathways and a trolley. I was writing and writing and then somewhere along the line it hit me. I had been describing the Chestnut Hill area without knowing it.
The village of Chestnut Hill is considered part of the city of Philadelphia proper but has a whole different feel to it. The house used in the story does not really exist. The Wissahickon creek park surrounds the edges of the area so I used those woods as a backdrop for the story. I took some artistic license, but I think most of it is fairly accurate.