Whee, Thea here—can you believe it? It’s Day 4 on Thea and Viv’s Big Adventure, and already it’s been so much fun! Thanks so much to Delighted Reader for having us!
Today’s travel theme is the desert, and I gotta say, I was looking forward to this one! A couple of years ago, when I signed my first three book Elder Races contract with Berkley, I was invited to stay with family in California while I worked to meet an aggressive publishing schedule.
So that’s what I did: I cleared out my possessions, packed up my car and took my two little dogs on an adventure. We drove across country, and I must say, Nevada’s been very good to me. The sweeping imagery combined with quiet thinking time in the car gave me lots of ideas that eventually turned into NATURAL EVIL (novella #2, published by Samhain). When it came time for me to move to Colorado the same thing happened—I drove east, and Nevada gave me more. Those ideas turned into DEVIL’S GATE.
That all began when I passed a highway sign for a turn off to a real life place called Devil’s Gate. When I got to my hotel, I hooked up to the internet and did some research. Turns out Devil’s Gate has a bit of a story to it. Turns out it was part of the gold rush era, and a good spot for robbers to hit on unwary travelers. Turns out… there wasn’t a whole lot to read about Devil’s Gate that could be found easily. It’s a quiet, out of the way place, with hardly anybody around and not much documented. For a writer looking to do some paranormal world-building, it was peeeerrrrfect. And voila! my Elder Races third novella was born.
Now I’m passing this blog post over to Viv. Can’t wait to read what she’s got to say about deserts!
Hi! I love how Thea mentioned that locations can really hit a writer and just, well, scream to have a story told there. That’s how the entire Granite Lake Wolves series started, with a trip to the real Granite Lake in the remote Yukon. But today, we’re talking about deserts, not lakes, so I get to share something very cool with you.
Did you know there’s a desert in the Yukon? Yup, a real sand and dunes desert—the Yukon can get cold, but it’s not always the frozen wasteland some people imagine it to be. This Canadian desert is the smallest in the world, the sand all that remains of a giant inland lake that evaporated after the last ice age.
When we lived up north we’d drive from Whitehorse to the coastal town of Skagway for weekend camping trips, and with children onboard, a stop at the Carcross Desert would keep squirmy little people happy.
In terms of being inspired by real locations, WOLF LINE takes place on a cruise ship—one of the big ships that travel back and forth around the northern passage. Day excursions from the port in Skagway, Alaska take visitors to sections of the old gold rush trail, up White Pass, and yes, you can even take a trip to the Yukon desert.
What a wonderful world we live in, with so many beautiful and unique things to see and experience!
THEA AND VIV’S BIG ADVENTURE is brought to you by Thea Harrison and Vivian Arend, New York Times and USA Today bestselling authors with a love for both travel and writing. They have joined together for the nefarious purpose of celebrating their next Samhain Publishing ebooks.
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Question for today:
What scenery feeds your imagination?