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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Release Date Guest Post with Faith McKay

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Welcome to Lacuna Valley

     There's a place where you can't get radio signals. Where the nearest stoplight is an hour's drive away. Where cowboys tip their hats, and tumbleweeds actually blow across the road. With hippies, and hunters, and.... other things. Welcome to Lacuna Valley! I hope you have an earthy disposition, but if you don't.... you will soon enough. 

     Lacuna Valley is the setting for Prophecy Girl. While many different things changed while writing Prophecy Girl, the valley wasn't one of them. Lacuna Valley is an isolated place, with very defined seasons, and a tourist town at the heart of it all. The tourist town, Liberty, is a western themed tourist trap that gains most of its visitors in the hot summer months. All of these factors were absolutely essential for some folks that I don't want to spoil for you, because you will meet them in Prophecy Girl. I created some mythical beings, and Lacuna Valley is the way it is for them. 

     While Liberty and Lacuna Valley are fictional places, I actually based them off of a real place where I once lived. In fact, most of the things mentioned in the fictional Lacuna Valley are places you can actually go visit. 

     This is funnier if you read Prophecy Girl, because it will lead you to a bunch of questions about "Okay, so does ____ actually exist?" So, before you ask, I'm here to confirm! 

+ Yes, there was a NO HUNTING sign in front of a high school, and a cross walk that led to a field full of cows. On google street view, it doesn't look like they're there anymore, but they were ten years ago. This is one of the advantages of simply basing it off a real place—I can keep things that aren't there anymore and create other places. 

+ Yes, there was a mountain lion skin in the entryway of the high school. 

+ Yes, there is mini golf next to the ice cream shop. Because cowboys played it? 

+ Yes, there is a red school house that is a brewery. 

+ Yes, there is a westernization committee. 

+ Yes, there are cowboys. Yes, there are hunters, and yes there are hippies. (Of course, not everyone is so obviously one or the other, but they were prevalent). 

+ There are no radio signals, and it is an hour drive to the nearest town.  

+ There is a sign that says "Next Services: 74 Miles". 

+ It really is surreal. 

     After reading Chapter Three, I can't look at the picture in this collage of the mini golf sign without smiling. 

     Of course, there's a lot more to Lacuna Valley than all of this, but these are some of the quirky little touches that make Lacuna Valley a pretty odd place. With snow covered mountains, the isolation that treacherous mountain passes gives you (especially with a little magical help), wooden sidewalks, and some pretty quirky characters, Lacuna Valley is the perfect setting for Prophecy Girl, because it can be a very dark place, and a pretty quirky and unbelievable one at the same time. 


About Faith McKay
Faith McKay writes stories about characters with real world struggles in otherworldly settings. She is the author of PROPHECY GIRL, a story where characters struggle with the idea of having a destiny. In comparison, she feels really lucky that her destiny was to struggle with comma placement and be that awkward lady who points out puns at parties. 

Other things to know about Faith… She wears two different colored shoes. She is a survivor of child abuse. She has lived with chronic illness for over a decade. A lot of people don't like her because she laughs too much. It's also the reason a lot of other people do like her, so go figure. She listens to more music than people are probably supposed to. She's a nomad. The word sounds really cool, so a lot of people say it, but she actually lives in an RV with her husband and their pet bunny rabbit, Dorian Gray. 

If you'd like to know more about Prophecy Girl and Lacuna Valley, or Faith McKay, visit her website at

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