Some settings speak to me, building an image that resonates and stays with me even when I’ve finished reading or writing the book. I like working with a setting that inspires immediate recognition and gut reaction. Whether it’s a warm sense of coming home to a Texas homestead, struggling through knee-deep snow in a storm-socked town in the frozen north, or a fog-encased stretch of coastline, breeding an aura of gloom and terror, I like to immerse in the world and get to know it, intimately.
In DEADLY RECKONING, my first book with Harlequin Romantic Suspense, I knew the setting before I knew the characters. I wanted to build a story around Oregon’s rocky coastline. Add a recurring fog, labeled by the locals as the Devil’s Shroud and all sorts of horrible things can happen. I sank into the setting and the story unfolded, the place providing beauty and danger, at times giving the antagonist sanctuary and blocking the hero from finding the killer. A place with interesting characteristics and weather phenomena that makes it come as alive as a character--a setting ripe for a murder mystery.
Feel like taking a stroll along a rocky coastline, afraid of the dark and the fog, looking for a hero to save the day? Join me in Oregon with a spine-tingling suspense in a spooky world that will stay with you even after you finish the book.