I love the feeling of tropical weather and seeing the amazing scenery unfold around me. For me as a writer, scenery and varied locations are important inspirations to creating characters and settings. In my Emily Stone Series, the setting is just as important as the characters.
My visit to Kauai a few years back definitely inspired the crime thriller Dark Mind. When I’m on vacation, I like a relaxing and non-stressful environment. It’s actually a little ironic that when I was sitting on a beautiful deserted beach one afternoon, feet in the warm sand, wind blowing through the palm trees as I watched the waves gently break on the shore, I would think of a serial killer on the loose. I guess my writer mind does work in strange and mysterious ways. The more I thought about it, the more I thought Kauai would be a perfect backdrop for vigilante detective Emily Stone and one of her adventures.
As the weather gets colder and digs into winter, you might want to read a crime thriller with all of the scenery and conditions of a tropical island.
Here are some of my own photographs that I took for inspiration:
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An Emily Stone Thriller
2012 ACTION Award Winner from The International Book Awards Readers’ Favorite
2012 Best Indie E-book Semi-Finalist for MYSTERY/THRILLER from The Kindle Book Review
A Serial Killer Plagues an Island Paradise
Vigilante detective Emily Stone continues her covert pursuits to find serial killers and child abductors, all under the radar while shadowing police investigations.
Emily searches for an abducted nine-year-old girl taken by ruthless and enterprising slave brokers. Following the clues from California to the garden island of Kauai, she begins to piece together the evidence and ventures deep into the jungle.
It doesn’t take long before Emily is thrown into the middle of murder, mayhem, and conspiracy. Locals aren’t talking as a serial killer now stalks the island, taking women in a brutal frenzy of ancient superstitions and folklore. Local cops are unprepared for what lies ahead. In a race against the clock, Emily and her team must identify the killer before time runs out.
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