In a recent online interview about my just-published book, I fought an uphill battle about truth being stranger than fiction. The Legend of Butterfield Farm is a novel, but it is based on a true story. I swear. I even passed a lie detector test to prove it, but . . . Well, you’ll see. Check out my interview:
D. D. Larsen’s life is based on a true story. No, wait, the book he wrote is based on a true story, from his life, he says. But nobody believes him. Not that he should blame them. After all, the story is pretty farfetched.
“I knew as soon as I heard what my grandkids went through, that it was the stuff of legend,” Double D said when asked about the title of his book: The Legend of Butterfield Farm. “And it happened on Butterfield Farm,” he added, as if that detail needed to be spelled out.
Unlike the rest of the family, he knew when the children said what happened to them, no matter how incredible, that they were telling the truth, that their story needed to be told, and that he was the one to tell it.
And why did he believe them about where they’d been after disappearing the night of that sleepover? To a strange new world, they claimed. And how did they get there? By climbing a tree, they said.
“I believed them because when I was a boy, I had a strange encounter with a sycamore on my grandpa’s farm. And no one believed me, either.” he said. “But it happened. And I have a missing toe to prove it. And that’s all I’m going to say about that.”
When asked for details about his book (Like what was so strange about the other world? What happened to the children when they were there? And how did they make it home?), he scratched the back of his head and spoke of a terrifying journey, a crystal with special powers, and some very peculiar creatures. But before he fully put forth how his grandkids made it home, he caught himself. He didn’t want to spoil it for those who want to learn all about what really happened by reading his book.
“Forget I said anything about them coming home,” he said. “The point is, it was a hair-raising experience, and it was touch and go the whole time. And who knows until reading my book whether they all made it back in one piece or not.”
When pressed whether the story was true and really did happen, he said, “Okay, so maybe I fudged a little here and there to fill in the gaps, but I still stand by what my grandkids say happened. And it’s now available on Amazon for everyone to decide for themselves.”
And so it is, Double D, and so it is—the stuff of legend indeed.