I am the only writer out of the first four in the series who has never before published a novel. This is a great honor, as well as a source of extreme terror, depending on the day.
One day early in the manuscript I was researching the setting around Romeo, Colorado. I wanted my female protagonist to be an English professor, and so I was looking for the nearest college in the area so I could give her a place to teach. Being an English teacher myself, I was also looking for a possible victim in academia who might collaborate with me about the setting.
Mind you, it was a day when I was plagued with the question of whether or not I have what it takes to be a writer of novels. My prayers went something like this: Lord, I believe You have given me this opportunity, and I trust You know what You are doing. Please help me tell this story.
I found a place called Adams State College that would be an easy commute from Romeo for my heroine. I even found a friend in the English Department there who lives near Romeo and writes about the area—a virtual treasure chest of cool information! But, as if all of that weren’t enough, I believe I got a postcard of encouragement, sent direct to me from heaven.
If you go to the website for Adams State College, there’s a beautiful set of photos of the campus and surrounding mountains. Then there’s the school’s official slogan in bright, bold letters. This is no lie; you can check it for yourself. The slogan reads, Adams State College: Great Stories Begin Here.