I’m so excited to have Natalie Walters on the blog today, sharing some fun behind-the-scenes facts from her newest romantic suspense Silent Shadows!
SERIES: Harbored Secrets #3
GENRE: Inspirational Romantic Suspense
RELEASE DATE: March 31, 2020
They’re running from their pasts into an unknown future.
But first, they’ll have to survive the present.
Nurse Pecca Gallegos moved to the tiny town of Walton, Georgia, to protect her son and escape the dangerous lifestyle that once defined her. When a series of strange circumstances evolves into threats, Pecca finds herself confiding in an unlikely ally–her stubborn patient.
Army veteran Colton Crawford is desperate to recover from the disorder that is ruining his life, and his instincts are on high alert when threats against his nurse and her son force him to take action. But Colton’s involvement only ramps up the danger when he uncovers a family secret revealing that whoever is after Pecca is closer–and more deadly–than they realized.
Welcome back to Walton, Georgia, where everyone knows your name–but no one knows your secret.
10 Behind-The Scenes Facts about Silent Shadows
by Natalie Walters
1. About twenty years ago, I met a friend in MOPs nicknamed Pecca by her family and I just loved the story behind it. I had no idea back then I was going to be writing a story with a character named Pecca but as I began the Harbored Secrets Series, her character firmly planted herself into my heart and I had to write her story!
2. The veterans of D-Wing were inspired by a military retirement facility in Texas. Being married to a soldier for the last 24 years I’ve heard more than my fair share of stories and exaggeration—especially when the different military branches get together! I could only imagine the tall-tales and teasing that takes place among the halls of this home for heroes and decided to use it in Silent Shadows to antagonize poor Colton.
3. Speaking of D-Wing veterans, one of the veterans, a Marine nicknamed Gunny, is inspired by my grandfather, Hugo Flores. Gigipa was a great story teller and loved us grandkids with his whole being. I dedicated Living Lies to him and love that I was able to incorporate parts of his personality into a fictional character and share him with readers.
4. Colton’s movement disorder was inspired by my daughter’s auto-immune disease. During the very long process of trying to get a diagnosis we learned about PMD (Pyschogenic Movement Disorder), among many other movement disorder diseases, and it struck me as such an unusual disease—one most people still don’t understand—and something that could be really hard to overcome physically and mentally. It wasn’t until we experienced first-hand how difficult it is on someone to lose control over their body to understand the incredible perseverance they demonstrate every day to keep going and that’s the kind of strength I admire and wanted to see in my hero.
5. Without giving anything away, there’s a character in Silent Shadows who actually started their journey in my very first manuscript (RIP). I doubt that story will ever see the light of day but there are several characters in those pages that I couldn’t let go. I don’t know if they’ll all get a story but I was glad to bring this one character back to life. 🙂
6. Colton’s babysitting shenanigans actually happened in real life. Only, I was a kid and the sudsy mess was the fault of my siblings and I after being tasked to do the dishes. You know, there are a couple of times in a kid’s life when their lives flash before their eyes because you did something that’s going to send your parents over the edge?? We thought this was it, but thankfully our parents laughed, made us clean up our mistake, and I learned to never, ever use dish soap inside of a dishwasher!
7. I was running through wooded trails in Virginia when I came up with the idea of using a Smart Watch to track someone who has disappeared—this after I imagined every scenario of getting kidnapped myself and causing myself to jump at EVERY. SINGLE. NOISE. (Stupid squirrels!)
8. Walton, Georgia, is roughly based on a small town my family lived in when we were stationed at Ft. Stewart, Georgia. I started writing the first book in the series while we were still stationed in Washington, DC, but once we moved to the coastal Georgia area, I couldn’t resist including the ethereal setting in my stories. Walton is built around the main downtown area, which consists of one main road, Ford Avenue, where readers will find the Way Station Café, the old bank building where the Walton Gazette is printed, the Magnolia-lined memorial garden where the names of military veterans are etched into granite, and the Smokin’ Hog BBQ joint. Some of these landmarks are a figment of my imagination, but the café and BBQ joint do exist, with a slight twist on their names.
9. Colton’s dream to go home to Texas is my dream too! Especially with Pecca’s addition of baby goats!!
10. The theme of trusting God to take you through the hard stuff in order to bring you to the right stuff was a lesson I was experiencing as I wrote this story. In the middle of heartache and unanswered questions it was hard for me to see God guiding us to where we needed to be in order to let us witness His goodness and mercies. My hope is that readers will see this truth and believe what Jeremiah 29:11 tells us.
Natalie Walters is the author of Living Lies and Deadly Deceit. A military wife of twenty-two years, she currently resides in Hawaii with her soldier husband and their three kids. She writes full-time and has been published in Proverbs 31 magazine and has blogged for Guideposts online. In addition to balancing life as a military spouse, mom, and writer, she loves connecting on social media, sharing her love of books, cooking, and traveling. Natalie comes from a long line of military and law enforcement veterans and is passionate about supporting them through volunteer work, races, and writing stories that affirm no one is defined by their past. Learn more at www.nataliewalterswriter.com.
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