First let me apologize for missing last week. I fully intended to post, but Hubby has not been well. He put his back out and we have made many trips to many doctors. When a loved one is sick blogging takes a back seat. He now is scheduled to have his back operated on in the next few days, and we're very hopeful that will give him some relief.
I promised to give you a feel for my new novel, Deceived. I had a blast doing research for it. My last post was about my sister teaching me to ride and our dealings with an angry bull. This week I thought I'd tell you a little about the setting for my book.
Setting is so important, and I loved the setting for this story. Let's start at the beginning, which takes us to a small airport.
This is the one I modeled the airport in my story after. Not exactly the hustle and bustle of a big city, is it?
See Tara Kelly, the protagonist in my story, was an eye-witness to the murder of her aunt. She is sent to a small town in Idaho to hide. At the airport, she is met by Joseph White Eagle. (Yes, he is tall, dark and handsome.)
From the airport they traveled northeast over a road very much like this one.
Tara thinks they are going to the other side of nowhere. Looks pretty isolated, doesn't it?
On the way to Joseph's ranch, they go through Little Lost River.
This is one of those towns that if you blink or sneeze you'll miss it. It's a place where everyone knows everyone else and strangers are greeted with a wave and a smile.
But this is not their destination. Joseph is taking Tara to his ranch.
This is the pretty valley where I placed Joseph's fictional ranch. Isn't it beautiful? Now just imagine a lake and a big ranch house along with a barn and you have the White Eagle Appaloosa Ranch.
What happens after they arrive?
Tara is a loose end that the killer cannot ignore, so you can imagine things get a little complicated.
I can't tell you everything, but next week I'll give you some background on Tara Kelly. Her grandfather was from Ireland and do I have fun things to share about the research I did there.
Going to places where I set my stories help me get a feel for what my characters will go through and the emotions they might have.
In the places you have traveled, did a story pop into your mind? How did you feel? Don't forget to take notes and lots of pictures. It can all be used as research.