What Lies Beneath, by Author Elle James

by Elle James, author of The Witch’s Initiation (Harlequin Nocturne, November 2012)

I’ve been a big fan of underworlds. I loved the old series Beauty and the Beast (1987-1990) with Ron Perlman and Linda Hamilton and the Underworld movies with werewolves, vampires and other creatures. I’m intrigued by the idea of secret societies living amongst us. With that in mind, I created a sisterhood of five witches living in Chicago, faced with the task of overcoming enormous odds against really bad creatures living beneath or within the city. The first book in the series is The Witch’s Initiation. I chose Chicago because of the underground rail tunnel system that was built there during the early 1900’s with the idea of ferrying goods to and from the inner city buildings. Alas the system didn’t work and the tunnels have all but been forgotten. By most. What better place than in the forgotten tunnels to build a world of outcasts or hiding places for the creatures you would want in your nightmares?

And as I dug (pun intended), I learned there is an even deeper tunnel built beneath the rail tunnels, housing a reservoir system to handle the runoff to keep the city streets from flooding. I could think of so many places for my creatures to hide and thrive.

Makes you want to go to Chicago now, doesn’t it?

Comment for a chance to win:

Tell me about a place that would make a really great setting for paranormal creatures. I’m always open to ideas. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Deadly Reckoning, my creepy Romantic Suspense book. Talk about a great setting, the Oregon coastline is a terrific setting for sinister happenings!

About the Author:

Elle James spent twenty years livin’ and lovin’ in South Texas, ranching horses, cattle, goats, ostriches and emus. A former IT professional, Elle is proud to be writing full-time, penning intrigues and paranormal adventures that keep her readers on the edge of their seats. Now living in northwest Arkansas, she isn’t wrangling cattle, she’s wrangling her muses, a malti-poo and yorkie. When she’s not at her computer, she’s traveling, out snow-skiing, boating, or riding her ATV, dreaming up new stories.

You can reach Elle James at www.ellejames.com or email her at ellejames @ earthlink.net

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6 Responses to What Lies Beneath, by Author Elle James

  1. Nice cover. I think Australia would be an interesting setting.

  2. A survey was attached to a marketing push by James Patterson earlier this year asking readers where is the best place to put a Thriller… and the most resounding location was a small town, then a big city, followed by national parks and other locations.

    I remember because I placed my paranormal trilogy in the small town of Livix. It can be a scary place when you ‘almost’ know everyone.

  3. How about the Everglades – lots of strange plants and animals and what I would call a creepy setting lol.

  4. Thanks to all for posting about best creepy settings.

    JS, you’re the winner of the free book DEADLY RECKONING! Contact me to claim your prize.


  5. I think the ohio valley would be a great place. It has history, wildnerness, and easily fooled rednecks.

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