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SYNOPSIS: Meryl Panagos is barely out of high school, living on her own and struggling to raise a young son in a small Oregon town. Although Meryl has a good job at a friend's comic book store, it's still difficult to make ends meet or even find time to talk to the handsome university student who keeps hanging around. Then Rose Washington answers her ad for a roommate and it's like a wish come true. A retired school teacher, Rose is happy to help cook, clean and even babysit when needed. But Rose has secrets — including a preoccupation with the surrounding wilderness and a century-old legend which may be more ominous than it first appears.
GENRES: Young adult, suspense, thrillers
READER RATING: 4.3 / 5 stars (Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Goodreads)
RECOMMENDED AGES: 14+
PAGE COUNT: 348
PRICE: $12.99 Paperback | 99¢ Epub
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About the mine:
I drew upon several sources for the gold mine as depicted in The Men in the Trees. Oregon and the Pacific Northwest are literally filled with old mining camps, their remains often lost among the thick forests. The gold mine in the book was not based on an actual place, but is an combination of many I have visited over the years.
While the description of the mine was based on those in the Pacific Northwest, the legend of it was closer to that of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine located in the Superstition Mountains outside Phoenix, Arizona. Growing up in Arizona, this was a legend I heard frequently and it always intrigued me how such a lucrative venture could disappear without a trace.
Are the creatures in the book based on Bigfoot?
Obviously, a story about a mysterious race of creatures hiding in the vast wilderness of the Pacific Northwest has a very Bigfoot-feel to it. That being said, the animals featured in the book are not intended to be Bigfoot. They are actually an amalgam of different cryptids from around the world, including the Yeti, the Yeren and the Alma. But because I also wanted my cryptids to have a sense of culture and community, I based those details on Neanderthals, a hominid race which occupied the world alongside our own for a very long time. If you want to learn more about the legendary Bigfoot-like creatures from around the world, click here.