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SeaMount Agency – A Home for the Heros

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1 OCEAN HOUSE

Information not yet on the SeaMount page of my website:

Sam Traven, owner/director of SeaMount Agency, will have his own story.

Originally, his story was to be the first book of the series. About 100 pages into Sam’s story, I came to the conclusion his backstory should unfold throughout several other books in the series before I give him his own happy-ever-after story. (story hint: I love ‘beauty and the beast’ stories.)

Before I realized how deep Sam’s scars went, I rocked along having way to much fun setting up housekeeping for him and his agency in an oceanfront home like those in a local beach community. Because of his physical needs, I gave him a gym and a pool for exercise, a spa area for therapeutic massage, and a greenhouse for his beloved orchids.

To run the place, Sam hired Agatha ‘Aggie’ Livingstone, heart-of-the-home and housekeeper, tough enough to handle a bunch of alpha males. She needed an industrial kitchen but for the sake of story, I couldn’t shut her up in there unable to interact with the guys, so I imagined something more open with an attached dining room. The picture in my head was a little hazy but I figured I’d make it work. I also needed a common area for the men to gather. A campfire kept coming to mind, so a crackling fireplace in a living room, (open and utiltarian) was what I pictured.

That was fun!

Then I set the story aside, telling Sam he’d have to wait for the woman of his dreams.

Amazing things happen when I let God – my creative Creator – lead the way.

Some of it scary stuff. Tough stuff till I got to the amazing part.

I jumped into Gray’s story, landing in the North Woods of Maine. Adventures one after the other until he got OUT OF THE WILDERNESS with Sophie and the girls. Then the fun stopped. The home, that big, beautiful building, I’d created for Sam and the men that worked for him was right there waiting for Gray and Sophie’s return. The foundations had been set in Sam’s unfinished story.

But for some reason, I was wandering in the desert.

Lots of writing drivel, revisiting the plot, praying and crying out to God filled those weeks. Stuff like ‘YOU gave me this story! HELP me!” And, “If you don’t want me to write, show me what I’m supposed to be doing!” And, “YOU promised to never leave me or forsake me! Helloooo. Feeling a little lonely here, God.” (I’m a firm believer in being honest with my heavenly Father. He created me and knows all there is to know about me. If I’m a little upset with how He’s handling things, He knows that, too. I figure I can be honest with Him and He won’t toss me out like last week’s furry leftovers.) My side of the conversation ended with, “Fine. I’m getting nowhere fast and you aren’t helping me. So be it. I’m done banging my head against the keyboard. I’m done. You hear me? No more whining, begging, wheeling and dealing. Stick a fork in me. I’m done! Let me know when it’s time to start up again.”

Facing the Ocean. Multi level decks

Facing the Ocean.
Multi level decks

Spring came and I visited the open house of a reconstructed-from-the-ground-up Victorian-style hotel in the very same  beach community I’d set up housekeeping for Sam. I never attend those things. Never. But this one intrigued me because it was so close to Sam’s story and maybe I’d get an idea or two if I started writing again. (Do you hear me, Lord?) It was also an opportunity to see a high-end resort that I’d never have the $$ to stay at. (Though a girl can dream…. Please. Buy my book.)

I walked through the front doors and stepped into the SeaMount Agency.

Hundreds (it seemed) of folks milling around, taking pictures and talking, and I stood there with my heart pounding and my ears buzzing because inside I was shouting, ‘OH MY GOD!’ Not in blasphemy, but with praise and awe and joy! I was all jittery inside. This hotel lobby was Sam’s ‘livingroom’. Windows on the side, chairs positioned just so in front of the fireplace. But not just any old fireplace. A beach stone fireplace. God out did my puny idea, and even gave me a glimpse of how He cares for the smallest details.

Several minutes of picture-taking later, when my feet were back on the ground, I reluctantly headed for the fancy dining room. I’d already had my ‘God moment’. Everything else would surely disappoint. Besides the whole kitchen/dining room had been a bit of a stickler in my vision. One step inside and once again my heart jolted into overdrive. There before me was my industrial kitchen – with a counter along one side. (Why didn’t I think of that!) Someplace I found out it was called an ‘exhibition kitchen’! I had no idea such a thing existed. But it was perfect for Aggie. And the dining room with windows overlooking the ocean and… and… I turned in circles wishing everyone would leave Sam’s house! And there, in the corner, another glimpse of God’s signature in the details.

Lap Pool

Lap Pool

I practically mowed folks down as I headed for the open staircase and the next floor down. “Please, God. Please, God.” What would I find. I passed more glimpses of Him revealing Himself to me and my heart was bursting as I hurried down the stairs to the lobby below. I believe, help me in my unbelief.

I found:
A beautiful fitness center. (For Sam to exercise in.)
A salon and spa area. (For Sam’s therapeutic massage. And, yes, I took pictures of the men’s locker room. Necessary research.)
An indoor lap pool. (I hadn’t thought of a lap pool for Sam. Duh.)

I was frenetic. Running hither and thither (I’ve always wanted to write that), taking pictures and envisioning the SeaMount men in the beach locker room, in the masculine board room with state-of-the-art technology. (Video conference!)

And everywhere, God’s loving hand revealed with those glimpses of ~ orchids.

In hallway nooks. In every room of the spa. As a centerpiece in the dining room. In the public bathrooms. In the private bathrooms of the hotel rooms. Orchids, Sam’s passion, every where I turned.

Orchid in the locker room

Orchid in the locker room

What an amazing God! How He love’s surprising His children. Yes, even the ones that act like spoiled two-year olds when frustrated and tired. (That would be me.) Why hadn’t I trusted more? How sweet it was to go home and write the rest of Gray’s story, OUT OF THE WILDERNESS, having seen the inside of the Ocean House. Like a cool rain beating down on that dry desert, the words flowed. I continue to work on the series, currently working on Jack Conroy’s story, INTO THE DEEP. When will I learn that God only wants good things for me, but in His time, not mine?

Are you still with me? This has been a looong post. Much longer than the experts recommend blog posts be. (No one has time to read long posts, they say.) But how could I shortchange this story and an awesome, magnificent God.

My favorite Bible verse –
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.  Jeremiah 29: 11-13

He was there all along. Listening. Planning. Preparing the way.

Oh, and Sam’s greenhouse? There’s a place for that, too. Smack dab in the middle of the tournament level croquet lawn.

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About anitakgreene

I write romantic adventure for the inspirational market. I enjoy needlework, papercrafting and gardening. I'm at home in the Ocean State with my husband, son and a spoiled Belgian Malinois.

16 responses »

  1. Oh, how I wish I could have been with you that day at the Ocean House; just to see your face as God revealed His surprises! And the “hither and thither” part? That would have been a bonus 🙂
    Love you much!!

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  2. EEEEEEEKKKKKKK,, I had no idea God was taking you on this journey to write these awesome stories!!!!!!! What a praise to Him that you have an open and honest kind of relationship with him. What a creative way He used to spark your writing again! That is so like God! Not only does He give you the inspiration you needed to continue writing but He continues to grow you in the sanctification process. I love hearing these kind of stories!

    I about came out of my seat the more I read this post and saw the pictures!!!!! I usually don’t see pics that match what I imagine in my head based on the characters or settings of the stories I read BUT not this time. That was SeaMount! I wish I had been there with you!!!! I could have cleared a path of people for you or more likely squealed and jumped up and down with joy. 🙂

    I didn’t think I could get more excited about a SeaMount story, WRONG, I’m ready, ready, ready!

    Thank you for these spectacular stores and I thank God he has given you the gift to write and share with us. Yay!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    • Shelley, That was an amazing day choreographed by an amazing God. My journey has been a roller coaster ride, NOT my favorite ride in the amusement park. But God knows what will make me grow spiritually, so I hang on in the valleys and scream ‘Wheeeee” when He meets me on the mountain top! You would love the Ocean House!

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  3. Kristin Ells

    Oh, ‘Nita – I love you, my friend. This post came at the exact right time. You know some of what I have been struggling with, and I know God’s plans are perfect and perfectly timed…. but it is so hard to wait, especially when one is a “planner”. And weighing on my mind is whether or not I am setting a faith-filled example for the kididdles. Having just had a similar convo with Faith today about God’s plan and how he won’t abandon us, no matter where He takes us, your post reverberated down to my toes as a reminder that I shared exactly what I needed to share with my perceptive child. And as I read your post, it didn’t seem long at all as I couldn’t wait to get to the next part of how God unveiled the Agency’s home to you. Now, if even more people would buy your books… I can think of someone who would be your valet when you check in to The Ocean House for a relaxing spa weekend!!! 🙂 ((((hugs))))

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    • Kristin, I have been thinking about getting this post written for a couple of weeks now. Finally, this week every thing on the schedule aligned and I sat down and wrote it. A holy nudge from the Holy Spirit? God’s timing. You and the family are in my prayers.

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      • I loved your blog and I love your story about Seamount Agency; can’t wait for more books to come out. Thanks for blogging and writing.

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        • Hi Carla,
          I’m so happy that you enjoyed Gray and Sophie’s story and honored that you have stopped by to read my blog.
          Thanks you so much for leaving a comment!
          Anita

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  4. Love your writing! I am praying to God that you finish your books soon so I can read them!!!

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  5. Dear Anita, When will I be able to purchase you book (Into The Deep) from Amazon.com.

    Thank you,
    Catherine Riley

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    • Hi Catherine!
      I’m working on rewrites and do not have a release date yet. Will be announcing it here, as well as my social media ‘homes’ as soon as I’ve finished wrestling with Jack’s story.
      Thanks so very much for visiting my blog and leaving a comment!
      Anita

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  6. I just re-read the first book and can’t wait to get the second one. 🙂 I’m so glad I found your blog!! It was so fun to read about the Ocean House! Praying for good writing days 🙂

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  7. Loved this honest entry! I like it when people talk “regular” to God. And I’m so glad God surprised you with this perfect place to fit your story.

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    • Hi Marth!
      I figure God created me, so me coming to him in honesty, is his own fault. Of course, he’s perfect, so it’s perfectly okay I be so truthful with him. Thanks so much for popping in and commenting. Anita

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