We had to bring a CURTAIN to the picnic this time. My curtain would be on the cover of a mystery book about a ghost as I blended the ICAD prompt for GHOST with this.
I was a Nancy Drew fanatic as a kid. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the newest edition, usually at Christmas. We're talking late 60's early 70's here so at that time the "ghost" writer writing under the name of Carolyn Keene was Harriet Stratemeyer Adams. She was one of several women and men who wrote the Nancy Drew mysteries. Her father Edward Stratemeyer was the original author of the series as a companion to his Hardy Boys novels. He subsequently hired other writers to pen more novels. It was only after his death that Harriet took up "the family business" and began writing as Carolyn Keene.
My sister actually met her at a then well-known restaurant in our area when she waitressed there. Of course I think I was a little jealous because I was the one with the Nancy Drew fixation and I don't even know if my sister had read any of the books.
Harriet's family owned a farm in our area called Bird Haven Farm. Apparently she was responsible for creating a garden or gardens there that were, and are still showpieces. In my research I see that they will be open to the public on September 9th of this year. I think I might have to talk HWNSNBP into a little gallivanting!
I doubt that I could take on a novel, but I might consider putting some pages behind the cover in the form of a children's book someday. There are some ideas swishing around.
But for now I will head over to the Picnic and see what's behind everyone else's CURTAIN this week. You can join me by clicking here.