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October 24, 2017

Inspiration for PS – The Train Depot

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Kaitlin O’Shea

 

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PS began as a poly romance story, where a M/F couple met and fell in love with the Gus character. I had about 30k words finished in a Nanowrimo, but it got as most of my nano’s get, very odd. Lots of strange sexual situations, where the Gus character had had an affair with his future stepmom. Initially, the Gus character had purchased a creamery with the Sam character, and the story took place in Woodstock, Vt.

I pushed that story away when I started writing lots of other things. And then I found the train depot in Fair Haven. This website is one of my absolute favorites; I love abandoned buildings. I like to imagine what went on in them and what will happen when someone takes the time to refurbish them. When I started PS again, everything fell into place.

The townspeople revealed themselves, bit by bit. I’ve named a few characters after people I work with, and I just ran with it. Everything I read about Vermont said that the people were friendly and weird, and I feel I brought that to life with this book.

PS has been through many writings and rewritings, Gus has gone from a phishing story to inheriting the depot, but what always felt right was the catphising, even if it was and is difficult, I think it helped Gus become who he becomes. Most of the characters are favorites, and I’d love to know if those of you who have read it, would like to see other characters? I have ideas for a couple of future stories with these characters, but I don’t want to promise sequels.

My muse loves finding stories for me, especially when I am not expecting them,

I do hope you enjoy the book and I’d like to hear what you thought about it.

 

PS releases 10/26 everywhere.

Looking back, it was kind of crazy to put a down payment on a fallen-down train depot I’d never actually seen, in a state I’d never actually been to, and use it to build a life with a guy I’d never actually met, but love makes people do crazy things. If you’ve ever been in love, you know what I mean.

But before the plane had landed, I found out that Sam – the guy I’d met online and had been talking to for four years – wasn’t really Sam. He wasn’t even a guy.

I already own the little train depot, and I can’t go back to my old life. And Fairville is such a lovely welcoming town. Did I mention James? He’s made sure that I’ve had a really warm welcome.

All I want is to build a great little bookstore, and have a relationship based on humor, honesty, and hardbacks. I see some tough choices ahead of me.

Or maybe I don’t have to choose…

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