Just finished an interview with Greg Roe, the affable host of Canoe FM’s Haliburton County Reads. Greg is a delight to talk to — he loves books and loves talking to their authors.Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00071]

He was intrigued by the setting of BLACK WATER, and the many resemblances between the fictitious Glencoe Highlands and the real Haliburton Highlands.

The town of Braeloch takes its name from a road that runs behind Hall’s Lake, not far from where my cottage is located. Braeloch is a composite of the real Haliburton Village and the town of Minden, with Stedman’s Department Store, the Dominion Hotel and a few of my own embellishments thrown in. I didn’t want to set the story in a real town and township because I’d be limited by their physical layouts.

Greg said he can picture Braeloch and knows exactly where it is in the township. AND he said he knows some of the characters in BLACK WATER, such as the editor of The Highland Times. Hmm…

The interview will be aired next Wednesday, September 18, at 6 p.m.  If you’re in Ontario’s Haliburton Highlands, tune in at 100.9 FM. Or you can listen to it here at 6 p.m., Sept. 18. Click on “Listen in Live!”

About rosemarymccracken

Rosemary McCracken is a Toronto-based fiction writer.
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