As part of my release day with Torquere, I wrote a blurb about how Mountain Memories came to life – where I got some of my ideas. I wanted to share it with you as it gives insight into me and my characters. Hope you enjoy it!
This story is near and dear to my heart. During a couple of my summers in college, I spent time working in Rocky Mountain National Park while living in the town of Estes Park, Colorado. The Fern Lake trail was one of my favorite hikes. Given the beauty at the end of the hike – the lake, mountains and pine trees – I daydreamed about being the damsel in distress, who is rescued by a sexy ranger staffing the nearby cabin. Although, I must confess, the cabin in this story is a bit upgraded from the one found in the park! Wild animals were always a concern when hiking, and on my last trip to the park, there were several notices about mountain lion attacks. With all this information, I felt the beginnings of a story, fighting to get out of my head.
When I pictured Jax’s character, I wanted someone more artsy than outdoorsy, someone with a big heart. Given my love for playing the piano, I decided to make Jax a pianist and composer. Sadly, Jax is a better musician than I am, and I wish I could have his confidence when playing in front of a crowd!
Mason’s character came together easily as well. I’ve always had a thing for Dominic Purcell after watching Prison Break. I wanted Mason’s character to be like Dominic’s – tough, strong, and savvy. I also envisioned Mason as fiercely independent and putting his job at the forefront. At least until he meets Jax.
Link to the excerpt on Torquere’s site: https://www.torquerepress.com/fiction/mountainmemories.html
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