It’s a jungle celebration!

It’s the one year anniversary of Jungle Fire, my suspense novel set in Guatemala. In honor or this auspicious occasion, I offer a related blog post! “Why did you pick Guatemala for your suspense novel?” is a question I hear frequently. It all goes back to that exquisite skirt.

During my elementary school years, I was assigned a report to be written on a country of my choice. My mother suggested studying Guatemala, because she’d lived there briefly. I hit the library stacks and was mesmerized by the quetzal, the fantastical, jewel colored national bird of the country. Furthermore, my mother showed me a skirt, black, and festooned with the tiniest, most elaborate embroidery I’d ever seen, colors of green, red and ivory against a black background. (I still have that skirt, by the way.) Fast forward more years than I care to admit, and I was given the honor of writing a proposal for River North about a missionary nurse, running for her life, but where should the book be set? Light bulb moment. Guatemala, of course.

Have you enjoyed a book or movie with an exotic setting? What did you like about it? Giving away a signed copy of Jungle Fire and an Amazon gift card this month.

As a bonus, I’m running several mini contests on my Facebook page! Would love to see you there!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Shanda on June 6, 2014 at 3:18 am

    I like Covert Affairs–lots of exotic locales. Few books have enamored me of their settings. I do remember reading a book set on a beach, I think by Elizabeth Lowell, a looong time ago, that really made me want to go there.
    Opposing that, however, are the small towns, communities, etc, that I fall in love with. I will always want to go live on Prince Edward Island because of my favorite book of all time, Anne of Green Gables. Hey, to me, Canada is pretty exotic! Ha. 🙂

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