Camille LaPlume
Two Independence Day odysseys, one takes place in 1914, the
other in 1958. Two young women, Margaret Stanton and her
grandmother, Lillian—the same farmhouse, the same town, the
same amusement park—collide in an adventure across time on the
banks of Nine Mile Creek. Three generations of a proud family’s
heartbreak is finally resolved.

Margaret uses her vivid imagination and stories about the olden
days, told to her as a young child by her grandmother, to solve a
mystery discovered in an old cistern in the forbidden attic of the
family farmhouse. In a surprise slipstream turn of events, she
meets Lillian in a time travel escapade in the concealed caves of
Nine Mile Creek.

The landscape of this story is an overlay of two worlds, one of
trolley cars and horse-drawn sleighs, the other of a rambling old
farmhouse in a small Upstate New York mill town in the 1950s.
Nine Mile Creek
Young Adult Fiction
I also write short fiction, personal essay, creative non-fiction, and
memoir. My work has appeared in numerous journals, city magazines and
newspapers. Some have won small prizes and recognition, some have gone
on to be regular columns. I am the author of three books.

When I completed the first draft of a memoir, Growing Up Nancy, I
read it and realized that my mother and a few others might be insulted
or mad. But the idea of engaging these interesting characters and
interesting places in a fictional tale was too compelling to ignore. So I put
the memoir on my back burner and wrote
Nine Mile Creek.

I'm also back to work on the memoir. You can't write a memoir and
worry about what others will think. After all, honesty is different than
spite. To read an excerpt of
Growing up Nancy, Click Here. And, as any
writer could guess, the memoir has changed a lot with this revision.

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