ATLANTA - If you’re a fan of New York Times bestsellers, you can bet a wide audience will have its eyes set on the city of Milton this summer.

Author Karen White sat down with 11Alive’s Ryan J. Dennis to discuss her latest book release, “The Night the Lights Went Out”.

Released on April 11, the fictional tale takes readers into the gilded realm of Sweet Apple, Georgia. White revealed the book was inspired by the city of Milton, where she currently resides.

With a plot worthy of Shonda Rhimes and a cast of characters made for Desperate Housewives’ Wisteria Lane, the book is what would happen if ABC’s Revenge followed the machinations of Southern PTA moms instead of Hamptons elite.

“The initial spark came from having a near collision with a giant white SUV in a roundabout, and noticing the rear window of the vehicle filled with so many stickers that I knew everything I needed to know about the family. And the vanity plate read YERSERV…and the whole Atlanta tennis¬≠¬≠–suburban mom–thriller idea came to me…. I realized perhaps for the first time that my hometown had a past and a story to tell,” White said.

Click the video above to see Karen discuss whether the juicy villains of her novels are based on real people; why she is drawn to mother-daughter stories; and which Milton city detective gets a guest star in the book!

White has been making her way around town in celebration of her new novel. On Monday, April 17, she will be at Ticketed Brunch at The Public House from 10:30am to 12:30pm.

$49 Ticket includes copy of book and brunch. Tickets can be purchased online or by contacting Bookmiser at 770.993.1555. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Angels Among Us, a non-profit volunteer based organization dedicated to rescuing dogs and cats from high-kill shelters in north Georgia.

The Public House
605 Atlanta Street
Roswell, GA 30075

Tickets available here.