Once I’ve picked a historical setting, I imagine what it would have been like to be there if I were 13 years old.
Why 13? I think for a lot of people, 13 is an important age, when you begin to change from a child into an adult. For a lot of us, an event at that time helped shape our lives.
In Lord of the Mountain, the event is a series of recording sessions which in 1927 came to the little town of Bristol, Tennessee, and which some people believe was the birth—the so-called “big bang”—of country music. These sessions were where the Carter Family was first discovered and recorded. And my 13-year-old protagonist, Nate Owens, is a boy who might have lived in Bristol at that time.