Hey Y'all! (I can say that now because I moved to South Carolina) If you've been hanging around this blog, or my Twitter, you will know that I am completely in love with the Heirs of Watson Island series. I won't say that it is COMPLETELY the reason I moved back to SC, but it definitely got me dreaming about it. So, when I signed up for this blog tour, I thought I'd love to hear about the places that inspired the setting for Watson Island. Thanks so much to Martina for sharing these beautiful pictures and her thoughts! Don't miss the giveaway at the end!
Setting Inspiration for The Heirs of Watson Island
by Martina Boone
I love the beautiful lowcountry of South Carolina, and I love my husband’s sprawling Southern Family and the pace, grace, history, and bittersweetness of small Southern towns. The Heirs of Watson Island series came together as an homage to all of that, a mix of magic, curses, forbidden romance, mystery, and hidden treasure that I itched to write about. The core, though, was a dream I had of a ball of fire drifting through the woods and setting the river around my fictional Watson Island on fire.
That image unlocked the fantasy elements and the family secrets, and as a result, the story of Watson Island became one of beauty and ugliness, of despair and hope, of finding a path and finding courage that mirrors the history of the area. Mostly, it’s a love story, one about finding love on many levels: for yourself, for your family, for your home, and for your soul mate.
Watson Island is a fictional place, but it feels so real to me that I have only to close my eyes to walk down the avenue of oaks or sit at the kitchen table of Watson’s Landing and stare out at the blackwater river beyond the maze of hedges.
The Santisto River is loosely based on the Edisto, and the location is very much grounded in the beautiful lowcountry of South Carolina, especially on Edisto Island.
The three plantations are a conglomeration of the various plantations in the area especially the restored slave cabins at Boone Hall Plantation that are now used for education, as well as various European country houses that I’ve visited over the years.
The lowcountry is one of those places where the light and the air are special. Visiting, you get the sense that magic lurks just around the corner if you can only catch it in the right moment. That’s the feeling that was at the core of what I wanted to accomplish with the Heirs of Watson Island series. There’s so much tragedy and ugliness and heartbreak in the history of the area, but there’s also hope and beauty, and yes, magic. There’s magic everywhere, and in Illusion, the final book, readers finally get to see it and understand it along with Barrie and Eight.
Caged by secrets all around her and haunted by mistakes that have estranged her from Eight Beaufort, Barrie Watson is desperate to break the curse that puts her family in danger—without breaking the beautiful magic that protects Watson’s Landing. To do that, she must heal the rifts that have split the families of the island apart for three hundred years, unravel the mystery of the Fire Carrier and the spirits he guards, and take control of forces so deadly and awe-inspiring they threaten to overwhelm her.
With the spirits that cursed Watson Island centuries ago awake and more dangerous than ever, she finds an unlikely ally in the haunting and enigmatic Obadiah, whose motivations and power she still can’t read—or trust. His help comes at a price, however, plunging Barrie into a deadly maze of magic and wonder, mystery and intrigue that leads through history to places she never imagined she could go.
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If you like romance steeped in mystery, mayhem, Spanish moss, and a bit of magic, she hopes you'll look forward to meeting Barrie, Eight, Cassie, Pru, Seven and the other characters of Watson Island.
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