The debut young adult fiction novel by K.L. Kranes, The Travelers, is set in several locations across Northern Virginia, including Falls Church, where Kranes attended high school. Kranes combines love, lies, death and Wiccan intrigue in the fictitious Falls City, Virginia, an homage to Falls Church.
The story follows Dagny and Marc, sixteen-year-olds caught on opposite sides of a war between two Wiccan factions who encourage their children to hate and even kill each other. When Dagny and Marc meet by chance and fall in love, they are forced to hide their relationship from their families or else face dire consequences. As the pair struggles to keep the secret, they realize the only way to stay together may be to tear apart their beliefs and their families.
“Setting the novel in Northern Virginia just seemed to make sense. It’s such a history-rich and diverse area. There were a lot of opportunities to build a story here,” Kranes said. “It was also exciting to weave in not just personal, but also historical landmarks, like Manassas Battlefield Park and Great Falls.”