Yes, I Gave My Heroine the Tree House I’ve Always Wanted
By Jeff Salter
I get story ideas all the time. This particular one came while I was strapped onto a spinal decompression table in a chiropractic office. Those sessions lasted about 18 minutes and you couldn’t move or do anything the entire time. I happened to look out the window and saw a tall tree. Then I thought, “Hey, my heroine works in a chiro office and lives in a tree house!” Once I had that premise, it was fairly easy to figure out how and where Rusty Battle would fit in — and the obstacles he’d face.
It was fun designing Keri Winter’s tree house… because I’ve spent decades building one in my head (having been inspired by the one in the movie, Swiss Family Robinson).
“Stuck on Cloud Eight”
Now that Keri lives in her own tree house…it’s No Men Allowed. Romantic comedy that’s high in the sky. Novel, only $3.99 in digital formats; paperback also available (varied pricing). TouchPoint Press, 2015.
Since Keri Winter’s tomboy childhood dream had been to one day possess her own tree house, it does not bother her one bit to be known as Tarzana after she actually builds her home in a tree.
With a steady job she enjoys, Keri invests most of her late mother’s insurance policy into the design and construction of the only inhabitable tree house in Greene County. The house is a marvel, both in its construction and everyday operation, and attracts significant attention. So does its only occupant.
But most of the young men in town hold no interest for her at all. In fact, she seems pretty unapproachable – literally and figuratively – with her head up in the clouds. It would take a mighty tall man to reach Keri’s level and attract her romantic interest.
And even if the right man could reach her, would Keri trust him?
Rusty Battle figures he’s got the right stuff, but in order to prove it, he has to get Keri’s attention.
They’re about to learn proximity can sometimes make the heart grow fonder…or it just might drive Keri crazy.
It’s difficult enough to get to know someone on even ground. Can she start over at a higher level?
Have you ever wanted to live in a tree house? What basic design would you want?
[ JLS # 268 ]