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Real Life Luthers

Real Life Luthers

The Missouri Luther

A man called Luther was a friend and helpmate of my grandparents in a little town in southwest Missouri. I met him while visiting them as a very young child. I’m not sure how I actually remember Luther, but he made a big impression on me. He was kind and talked to me like a friend. Luther took time out of his adult day to show me around the greenhouse he kept for my grandmother.

Later, when I was older, but still a child, he was gone. I was living on the property then but my siblings were elsewhere. I spent a lot of time alone. I was convinced then and now I saw and felt Luther there.

This gentle man whose full name I never knew made such an impression that I have never forgotten him. I believe he has heard and felt my gratitude over the years.

Rev. Carl E. Andersen, Burro Guru

The Real Luthers

Luther Andersen, a primary character in my novel, is an amalgamation of every good mentor I’ve ever had, both women and men. Some have passed while most are still alive. Luther’s looks and last name come from the late Reverend Carl E. Andersen, who also went briefly as The Burro Guru. Carl was a WW II veteran Army officer and a real mystic. Like so very many others, I loved him dearly. I didn’t know him when he was young, though I did see a few photos. He was a tall, slender, gentle Dane with beautiful blue eyes, a thick head of hair, and amazing insight he’d honed over his long, adventurous life.

I have been graced to cross paths with many wise souls―family members, teachers, ministers, friends. These Luthers shared their wisdom with me in ways that stuck. Their gentle kindness and intelligent humor opened my mind, heart, ears, and eyes. Some literally saved my you-know-what (butt)! I am so crazy grateful that I’d love to post the long list of their names here, but I choose to respect their privacy. Still, thank you.  (You know who you are.)

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New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel [working title], brightens the sometimes dark world of YA and delivers the angst and the weird in this inspiring becoming-who-you-are adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Carriage House – Both Workshop and Garage

Back in the day, people rode in carriages instead of automobiles and parked them in carriage houses. The original carriage house on the novel’s fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel estate was quite large. Luther Andersen eventually converted it into both a garage and a workshop.

The Carriage House at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel

The characters Luther Andersen and his coworker, Carl Nelson, use the carriage house workshop for estate maintenance as well as for their engineering projects. Luther and Carl are keen on environmental solutions and the workshop doubles as their research lab. Solar and wind projects can be seen all around Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel. Hybrid carts used to get around the estate are one example of solar technology. Luther’s 1941 Packard station wagon, “Woody”, parked in the garage portion of the carriage house, is another.

Georgie, Josefina or both, park their bicycles in the carriage house when they arrive at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel after classes at the Mystic Creek High School.

The Green Carriage House

You’ll find another carriage house workshop mentioned in the novel, the one at Shawn Green’s house. Shawn’s dad and brother, Derrick and Earl, developed the first portion of their “black box” design for the government in this workshop.

 

Thank you for joining me into another peek into the world of my upcoming novel. Stay tuned for more!

 

 

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel [working title], brightens the sometimes dark world of YA and delivers the angst and the weird in this inspiring becoming-who-you-are adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Georgie, Josefina and Shaw

Georgie, Josefina & Shawn – BFFs

 Georgie Josefina and ShawGeorgie Jones meets her new BFFs Josefina and Shawn on the school bus. It is her first day as a freshman at Mystic Creek High School. Josefina somehow knows who Georgie is, and offers to show her around school. The two girls and Shawn end up having all their classes together. Georgie quickly learns Josefina is as smart as she is pretty. Shawn, also smart, is a geek who’s always on his cell phone.

Josefina says her mom, Maria Elena, works with Luther, the lighthouse keeper at Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel. Georgie has never been to the lighthouse, but remembers him as a friend of Grandpa and Grandma Jones.

She had been nervous, but Georgie’s two new friends smooth out the day. Two thumbs up.

Learn what happens between Georgie Josefina and Shawn by following new fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, who has written a story for the young adult in all of us.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel [working title], brightens the sometimes dark world of YA. She delivers the angst and the weird in this inspiring, becoming-who-you-are fantasy of intrigue and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

 

Fictional Andersen Light, Part One

Fictional Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, Part One

Not the Real Fictional AL

Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is the fictitious lighthouse near the fictional town of Mystic Creek. It’s been in the Andersen family since its inception—before the Light House Establishment or its successor, the Lighthouse Service. Andersen lightkeeping goes way back to the old country, the Northern Lighthouse Board and Robert Stevenson companies, if the Andersens were real people.

Generations of our Andersens have renovated Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel to make it what it is today, an extra-wide and tall lighthouse, with each level a pleasantly functional space.

Light shines through the Fresnel lens many miles into the distance at night while natural light floods into substantial vertical hurricane windows in daytime. A nighttime view of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel reveals the tower’s rotating light reaching out into the world and Luther’s reading lamps from his rooms on level two or his office/library/classroom located on level four, the gallery.

Balconies surround the upper levels, including, of course, the gallery which also has a half-moon shaped kitchenette built around one side of the spiral staircase.

A new remodeling begins on the second and third levels toward the end of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, the novel.

Learn more about the estate and grounds of Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel in Part Two of this blog.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Georgie and Josefina ask, "What Would Luther Say?"

Georgie and Josefina ask, “What Would Luther Say?”

When baffled by a new subject or problem, Georgie and Josefina respond with, “Let’s ask Luther,” or “What would Luther say?” Whether unexpected or truth the girls hadn’t yet faced, Luther’s guidance and instruction are kind, wise and likely seeded with humor.

Like the time something happened before P.E. class and Georgie reacted—really, really reacted. At least that’s how it seemed to her.

Luther had said, “You are experiencing a perfectly normal reaction,” and handed her cold lemon water. “Who would not be shocked?”

“Exactly.” She uncurled an arm out of the tight ball she had wound herself into and accepted the glass.

He pretended not to see her dab at the corner of one eye with the back of her wrist as he took the facing chair. He patted her shoulder as he passed. “But you’re not normal, Georgie.”

“Excuse me?”

Meanwhile, the more the girls learn from Luther the more they want to know. Their minds are always whirring like spinning tops and sometimes hit a wall before they can figure out a thing on their own. This author suspects Josefina keeps a running list of questions in her phone.

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.

Not Your Everyday Lightkeeper

Not Your Everyday Lightkeeper

Luther Andersen’s feet are planted squarely on earth, but his life is far different from the everyday human’s. Outer appearances would have you mistakenly believe he is merely a middle aged lighthouse keeper, yet no lightkeeper is average and it seems he’s been middle aged forever. People quickly learn there is more to him, though they may never know what that is exactly. He is highly regarded around the world and by local townsfolk as a mentor, professor, and good guy. You’ll easily spot Luther—he’s the tall lanky guy wearing the fishermen’s cap.

Luther’s Cap

New fiction author, Tanya D. Dawson, has written a story for the young adult in all of us. Her pending novel, Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel, brightens the sometimes dark world of YA to deliver the angst and the weird in this inspiring adventure of mystery, intrigue, and mysticism grounded in today’s world. While Andersen Light: A Mystic Creek Novel is primarily set on the West Coast, Tanya lives and works in the American Southwest.