“There is a great deal of history in these old hills." said Schimmel. "The name was given or at least identified in the 1840’s by a settler who farmed in the valley.”
“Obviously a Frenchman,” said Frank.
“A German, actually—the French part is a mystery that I’m still trying to figure out."
I am proud to present the improved version of the Lost Apple Education Park map! I present it here along with a topo map of the actual Boxley Valley that was the inspiration for the Pomme Perdu Valley. From the start of this book project I have been studying, sketching and re-designing my map, and at this point, I am happy (although I have still not settled on a compass rose). This map contains a number of secrets that will be revealed incrementally in the sequels to Lost Apple, and, perhaps, some information of which the characters are unaware.
In case you're wondering, the Boxley Valley and Buffalo River region are nowhere near the town of Ravenden Springs where the School Cave is located. The former is located in Newton County and the latter in Randolph County. My Lost Apple world, set in the imaginary Mockernut County, is a composite of multiple experiences and trips I have taken in the region. Incidentally, I am not the first person to create a fictional Southern county. The most famous one I can think of is Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County, so I am following in a fine literary tradition (even if I am a Yankee!).
This is crossposted from iainmavrocoggins.wordpress.com.
Causes Iain Coggins Supports
Education as a human right, rather than as a privilege or an opportunity.