(I thought I posted this earlier, but the system screwed up)
Woven in together tightly, the characters are fictional, the locations and original painter are real, based in research
75% REAL, 45% INVENTED
Tour de Pines is real
Part of a series of several books, YA fiction novels about mysteries in NJ
First was Treasue of Tucker’s island, second was jersey Devil, this was the third, Spirits of Cedar bridge, Carranza, Riddle in the Sand
Last location of a land battle in the Revolutionary War, Cedar bridge Tavern
Dave and him go back almost 30 years, musician thought they’d have a good chemistry together as writers, dave’s a historian and he’s a dramatist
They took turns writing the story, they care about the story and the writing
They spent lots of time in the area, talked to the locals, got to know people, they knew some people in the pines and shore community, and got to know more.
Lines on the Pines, annual event for writers and artists
Featured speakers there next year
Had hands on experience visiting the place
Followed a lot of what Rahn had to say
Wanted to do screenplays instead of books, people suggested it would be a book
We got a great deal of love for the pines and the jersey shore itself
Both have daughters, their central character Kelly is supposed to be like their daughters
Promote environmental awareness
This was an interesting project. To take on this monumental task of interviews, field reports, and academic journal searches at the same time as a full semester of work and other classes to worry about was a tall order. Actually, it was more like ordering the largest size possible (Big Gulp or Super Size). It was very overwhelming at times, but eventually I found ways to conquer it.
My subject matter had been of great interest to me since I was a young child. It took me a long time to find interview subjects.
Lives on LBI
Used to have another house in Fairless Hills, wife taught at Philly Biblical University, drove up 539, went there 3 days a week
Earliest photos on website are from 1999
Believes one guy was the first one that started it, he painted it monthly, always fit with the season, saw him going by
He used to own a paint store, retired, used leftover paint in garage
Doesn’t know if he’s still alive
It changed every month
Now wife is retired, he doesn’t go by there often, but he takes his camera
In 2006 or 2007, it wasn’t the flag, it was a smiley face
He thinks that guy was the only one who did it
The rock section is part of the personal section on his website. He’s an educational consultant.
He found a tree in IL with cups on it
Talked to people on the phone about it because they saw the website and thought he was an expert
Met somebody in 2006 about it
It’s almost exactly between 70 and 72
The rock jetties weren’t there before the 1962 storm. He always wondered why it was laying there.
The original painter lost his wife, so some of his paintings were memorials of her (Millie).
More observations of the rock.
I scheduled an appointment with Jim Rahn, who runs a comprehensive website about the rock, and possibly John Calu, one of the writers of the fiction novel.
…and took a bunch of them. I also made some eye-opening discoveries from the litter left around the place.