Friends, Mother Nature has flexed her muscles this summer. South east Texas under water, huge earthquake in Mexico City, Florida bombarded by wind and water. But the disaster that has held me tight in its grip is the double whammy of hurricanes on my beloved Virgin Islands. Even as I sit safely in Wyoming writing Stunner, half the locations in the novel have been destroyed by Irma and Maria. What Doesn’t Kill You . . . the series name . . . in real life.
You won’t see much about St. Croix in the media. The population isn’t big enough. It isn’t a well-funded tourist mecca. But the damage is extreme, and the path forward to recovery for our loved ones is long and hard. We don’t even yet know how Estate Annaly (the real-life Annalise) fared.
When you’re counting your blessings and saying your prayers, could you spare one for our Crucian friends and family? For all those affected everywhere, yes, of course, but if you could add in the under-represented citizens of this beautiful island, it would mean the world to me. If you’re looking for more concrete ways to help, St. Croix son Tim Duncan (of San Antonio Spurs basketball fame) has set up a fundraising campaign which he matched with a million dollars, and you can donate to it HERE.