"Sweet Mountain Music" tackles a journalist's desire to prove (or debunk) one of the mysteries of the ages, one that remains unsolved more than a hundred years later—the existence of the Sasquatch.
As a part-time journalist, I understand heroine Chloe's hunger to bring out the truth and expose the lie, and the frustration that comes with a challenging assignment.
The unsolved mystery (anyone remember the Leonard Nimoy "In Search Of" series?) of the Sasquatch, aka Bigfoot, has been circulating for more than a century. Making it one of the "newer" mysteries of unknown beasties in the world. Rumors and legends of terrifying creatures on land and sea have been a part of folklore for as long as people have been telling each other stories, transcending cultures and continents.
My own experience with the Sasquatch took place on the shore of a mountain lake in Colorado. We'd been sailing, and anchored along shore to camp for the night. My parents encouraged me to get out of the boat (yes, I needed to be encouraged) to explore the tiny bay.
Imagine my shock and surprise when I came across giant footprints... human-looking, but larger than any normal human. With my overactive imagination it didn't take long to fly into a panic... I knew about Bigfoot, thanks to Mr. Spock's docu-dramas. Eventually my folks 'fessed up... they'd made the footprints in the silty lake's edge for entertainment purposes, and I was the evening's entertainment.
With that behind me, I still don't discount the possibility of the existence of a Sasquatch, or any of the other freaky critters people swear they've seen around the world: Nessie, Chupacabra, Abominable Snowman (Bigfoot's Asian cousin), the Giant Squid, and so on. Who knows... dragons, mermaids, and unicorns sprang forth from somewhere, quite possibly a kernel of truth at some point and place in mankind's lengthy history.
How can I wrap my faith around such implausible ideas? Because I believe in a God whose Son walked on water, raised the dead, turned water into wine, and healed the sick. A God who has the power to create and to destroy. A God who is much, much bigger than my wee little brain can comprehend. Who am I to limit the possibilities of His creation to that which I've seen with my own two eyes? I haven't seen Paris with my own eyes yet, but I still believe it exists!
"'Then Jesus told him, "Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.' Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book." John 20:29-31 NIV
Hey, I haven't seen heaven yet, either...
Just a thought.
Congratulations to our dear Suzie!
Which of the aforementioned creatures of legend do you think might actually exist, if any?
Has your faith in God ever tripped up your natural senses/knowledge and changed what you believed about something?
Niki Turner is a novelist, journalist, and blogger. Her first completed manuscript earned second place in the Touched By Love 2009 contemporary category romance contest. She writes for local newspapers, and won second place for best agriculture story at the 2013 Colorado Press Association annual convention. She also blogs at www.nikiturner.net and is a co-blogger at www.inkwellinspirations.com. Niki is an active member and volunteer for American Christian Fiction Writers and is involved in establishing an ACFW chapter on Colorado's Western Slope, where she resides. Her debut novelette, “Santiago Sunsets,” will be published as part of White Rose Publishing's Passport to Romance series. Niki's fiction blends the good news of God's love with come-as-you-are characters in stories that encourage and inspire.