We all have our favourite television shows, and author Isla Jane is not different. She grew up watching shows in the 70s and 80s. In a scene from Northern Survival, Jane mentions several of her favourites.
Here’s the clip. Olive and John have been lost for many days, and they stumble upon an abandoned cabin in the middle of the wilderness. As they approach, they talk about who might own the cabin.
The structure, no more than 20 by 20 feet, had a covered porch and one window on the front. A pair of snowshoes were attached to the wall to the left of the door and two chairs rested to the right as if the occupants would walk out at any moment and enjoy their evening with a cup of tea. A stone chimney consumed a section of the right side of the cabin. Beside it was a crude table with a stool next to it.
John stepped on to the porch, and the wood creaked. “This is not the time to discuss The Cabin in the Woods.”
“Didn’t see it.”
He cast her a raised eyebrow. “Lucky you.”
“I prefer shows like Grizzly Adams, The Waltons, Little House on the Prairie. Dusty Trails.”
“Let’s hope the owners are as friendly as the folks in those shows.”
In Swallowed, the upcoming debut novel by Isla Jane, the survivors of a plane crash stumble upon a trapper’s cabin deep in the wilderness. According to Jane, this is not as unrealistic as it may seem. Here’s what she had to say about that.
When Quarter Castle Publishing asked Isla Jane what had inspired her to write Swallowed, this is what she had to say.
I saw a video on YouTube by a man who had crashed his plane in the remote wilderness of Quebec. He survived because his plane had a parachute. I’d never heard of such a thing, so I did a little research on the subject and found CAPS, which stands for Cirrus Airframe Parachute System. As the website states, “The parachute system is designed to protect occupants in the event of an emergency by lowering the aircraft to the ground after deployment.”
Cool. Right? That’s what I thought.
Matt Lehtinen, the pilot who crashed and was stranded in the remote area of the province, shot a Vlog to capture his experience. He was rescued after only five hours but WOW, what an adventure.
My imagination absorbed the information and the energy from the video and the story took shape within minutes. It took much longer to write: 25 days.
Swallowed – A story about survival in the remote wilderness will be available spring 2020.