The paid-out granite quarry in GRIT, where the local kids swim and party, was one of the few major landmarks in the book that wasn’t inspired by the Bucksport, ME area. There are over 115 granite quarries across the state of Maine, so I used my handy artistic license to teleport one to the fictional town of Sasanoa.
Why? Years ago, I read this article, which really got my mental wheels turning about the innate eeriness of such places, especially since they so often end up being used as the town swimming hole. Black water that just sits there, growing older, a seemingly bottomless pit.
In spite of that, or maybe because of it, Darcy and Jesse’s early morning swim was one of the scenes I most enjoyed while writing GRIT: the rising sun reflecting off the still water, palpable tension between girl and boy as they raced each other around the circumference, Darcy having her own reasons for needing to prove her strength.