Friday, February 1, 2019

"Fog Season"

Patrice Sarath is an author and editor living in Austin, Texas. Her novels include the fantasy books The Sisters Mederos and Fog Season (Books I and II of the Tales of Port Saint Frey), the series Books of the Gordath (Gordath Wood, Red Gold Bridge, and The Crow God’s Girl) and the romance The Unexpected Miss Bennet.

Sarath applied the Page 69 Test to Fog Season and reported the following:
On page 69 of Fog Season, elder sister Yvienne Mederos still has things well in hand. She is having a calm conversation with her butler and her cook, and the discussion around the nonfunctioning dumbwaiter is straightforward and unambiguous. What Yvienne doesn’t know, though, is that the decision taken on Page 69 will lead to all hell breaking loose.

That’s what I loved about writing Fog Season. The characters have some of the information, but never all of it, and they never know what’s about to hit them.

Yvienne tells Albero to bring in the engineers. Poor Yvienne. She’ll soon wish that she let sleeping dumbwaiters lie.
“Well, now is the time for us to act, and Mama had given me instructions. I don’t like the idea of something potentially useful broken. Shall we look into it? Can you have the craftsmen who installed it come and take a look?”

“I will do, miss.”

“Thank you, Albero. And you too, Mrs Francini. I’m looking forward to lunch.”

“Roasted vegetables with anchovies and wine,” Mrs Francini said with immense satisfaction.
Learn more about the book and author at Patrice Sarath's website and blog.

--Marshal Zeringue