My most recent novel that I’ve been working on, “In the Lake,” follows the adventures of a young woman, Bettina. She grows up in a village where the boys are raised by the men and the girls raised by the women. When her mother is killed, her father kidnaps her and raises her to save her from the awful conditions of the village’s orphanage, but because of the village’s strict rules, she needs to be kept a secret. If it was found out her father was raising her, she’d be sent to the orphanage.
As she grows up, she discovers she does not have a home there, having been kept a secret most of her life, so she leaves to discover the mysterious and often magical world outside her small village. She travels to many different societies, ones like her own and ones very different, and observes the various cultures. Through a visionary experience, she learns that her grandfather is a prophet and foresaw that she would return to the village and do “great things.” This knowledge gives Bettina hope throughout her experiences to continue with her journey.
Along the way, Bettina learns lessons of love, greed, womanhood, humanity, and fear. She spends time with suspicious people and gets drawn into destructive cultures, but ultimately comes out stronger because of her experiences. She meets people she’s disgusted by and people with whom she falls in love. Each place she visits brings a new lesson and something she takes with her on her journey. These lessons all connect back to the largest message of the story and that is of the force, which surrounds and connects us all.
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