That’s a tough question. Grace and I would say the latter. I believe often fearful situations are thrust upon us, and they help us see our strengths and teach us a great deal—well, if we don’t die in the process. Grace has to face a horrifying situation from her past—a fear that she has never been able to sweep away, and it’s affected her whole life. I’ve known people who were broken by their pasts, and they couldn’t outrun those fears or fearful events. In this first novel, Grace is forced to face her past whether she wants to or not.
Endurance has 15,000 residents with numerous shopping opportunities and a much larger middle class. Endurance College is probably a lot like Monmouth College, a four-year, liberal arts school. Many of the stories about Grace’s former students have kernels of truth in them, so this time the teacher gets the last word.