This trip turned out better than I imagined. I’ve gathered so much info! But first, I’ll show you a photo taken from the balcony of my neighbor’s condo where I’m staying. Nice, huh? This is NOT typical of Topsail (pronounced “top-sul”) Island. You’ll see more typical architecture in other pixes.
Anyhow, the Realtor I met “by accident,” Lottie Koenig, has been a treasure! Yesterday, she and fellow Realtor Patsy Jordan and I had lunch. Patsy’s lived in North Topsail since 1985, and she helped me figure out where my characters live–on Stump Sound. Here’s a view from “their” house. And here I am with Patsy and Lottie.
Patsy told me about a teenage girl who lives near her: Jackpot! There are not many teens living on the Island, especially in North Topsail (around ten), so I’d given up on the idea of being able to speak with one, but Patsy made a call and later that afternoon, I met with Anna, a sixteen-year-old girl who was simply a delight. I learned what life would be like for Andy and Allie (or whatever her name turns out to be!), where they would go to school etc, what recreational activities would be available for them, etc. It was super.
Here are some more pictures I took yesterday.
At the northern end of the island stand these condemed homes, between the puny dunes and the ocean. This is where I’ll be setting an important house in my story, so I was very interested to investigate these homes.
Houses near the water are built on stilts, for obvious reasons. This is one of the condemned homes.
The house in my story, though, will be round, like this one. I think I’m choking my blog–it’s protesting! So i’ll continue later. I just finished a two and a half hour interview with the asst firechief and some of the firefighters. Everyone’s been so great about sharing what they know. Bye for now.