Thursday, April 4, 2013

Janis Owens reveals Cracker characters

When Janis Owens heard stories about the last lynching in Florida, she investigated the event for several years.  After compiling enough info about what happened she put her skills as a master story teller to work and came up with a believable story about a young girl who grows up in northern Florida where people don't talk much about the town's dark history.  Then along comes an anthropology student who under the guise of love begins to ferret out secrets that many want to remain hidden.   What happens after he is shot and leaves northern Florida and the girl behind feeling lucky to be alive?  Years later he has the opportunity to revisit both the town and the girl.

Loved reading this story and talking with the author about her research into this episode in our American past.