About the Author
Julie Jones lives in northeast Oklahoma with her husband of over twenty years, their two children, and one very spoiled rescue dog named Zelda. Julie has co-written three anthologies and published her own book of linked short stories, CHAIN REACTION, which includes her 2020 OWFI winner for Best Horror Short Story, “Camelot”. Julie is currently plotting a fourth book with her cohort and writing a weird Western novel under a pen name, while editing a trunked novel and working full time. A reader of all genres, she especially loves sci-fi and fantasy and strives to craft tales that both entertain and spark thought in her readers. She can be found on Facebook and Twitter, as well as her website www.juliejones.net.
How the story came about?
I was chatting about vacations with some people one afternoon and the conversation turned to mishaps while abroad. One person told an interesting story about getting lost while on a cruise ship excursion and trying to get a ride back to the harbor. My mind latched onto the images and ideas their memory conjured, spun them into something new, and this tale is the result.
I followed the two men down the beach over an hour before I realized they were kidnapping me. I noticed how far we’d strayed when the sun touched its reflection on the Caribbean horizon, forming a perfect figure eight that shot rays of gold in all directions. The failing light and my primitive camera meant an end to the day’s photo shoot, so I decided to let them have me.
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