Kaitlyn Dunnett/Kathy Lynn Emerson here, today writing about snow.
You may have heard that we’ve had a few pretty good storms in Maine this winter. In my part of the state, the Western Maine mountains, this is good news. The winter sports industries—skiing, snowmobiling, sled dog racing and others—are pretty important to our economy and they live or die by how much snow we get. This year they are all very happy. The ordinary householder? Not so much. There has been an awful lot of snow to dig out after every storm.
Still, it’s pretty when you don’t have to go out in it. And adding a snowstorm to the plot can certainly add tension to a novel. I used that old chestnut of being trapped with a murderer by a blizzard in the fourth Liss MacCrimmon novel. The Corpse Wore Tartan. I think I had more fun writing that novel than just about anything else in my career. Not only were my continuing characters trapped in Moosetookalook, Maine’s grand old hotel, The Spruces, but so were the quarrelsome members of a Scottish heritage society who had been celebrating Burns Night there. To get help, Liss and Dan had to trek overland on snowshoes. The real challenge, though, was coming up with reasons why every single form of communications went out for the stretch of time I needed my characters to be cut off from the rest of the world.
Sprinkled through today’s post are photos I took during various snow storms so far this year. Of course, as I write this, it’s on a day when several places in Maine have broken high temperature records. Maine’s weather is nothing if not unpredictable! You see that shot of snow hanging off the garage roof in a graceful curve? That was taken February 1, when it had already been like that for at least a week. It finally let go on February 21. We were lucky. It only broke one window on its way down.
Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett is the author of over fifty books written under several names. She won the Agatha Award for best mystery nonfiction of 2008 for How to Write Killer Historical Mysteries and was an Agatha Award finalist in 2015 in the best mystery short story category for “The Blessing Witch.” Currently she writes the contemporary Liss MacCrimmon Mysteries (Kilt at the Highland Games) as Kaitlyn and the historical Mistress Jaffrey Mysteries (Murder in a Cornish Alehouse ~ UK in December 2016; US in April 2017) as Kathy. The latter series is a spin-off from her earlier “Face Down” series and is set in Elizabethan England. Her websites are www.KaitlynDunnett.com and www.KathyLynnEmerson.com