Somewhere in Algonquin Park, a three thousand square mile forest in northern Ontario, Canada, wanders fourteen-year-old Mary Elizabeth.
Separated from her family during a weekend camping trip, M.E. must draw upon every ounce of strength and resolve to face the harsh landscape, wild animals and psychological battles that endanger her.
In Brenda Murray‘s novel “The Haunting of M.E.” Mary Elizabeth’s journey through these woods takes her through some of the uncharted territory of her own soul — and ends with a haunting twist.
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In our interview, you heard Brenda mention the first draft of her story “The Haunting of M.E.” – scraps of paper she scribbled on while camping.
On her blog, Brenda shows us those scribbles:
This is a photo of the original outline that I wrote long hand by the light of a lantern on a few scraps of paper at our off-grid property near Algonquin Park. With no electricity, on the edge of a black lake and surrounded by Jack Pines I didn’t have to think too hard to imagine what it would be like to be lost in the woods. This story was inspired in part by the still unsolved mystery surrounding the disappearance of Canada’s most famous painter in 1917 in Algonquin Park. Also during the summer that I wrote this story the newspapers were filled with news of a young woman who had gone missing in a provincial park nearby.