When I began working on my latest Work in Progress, a Deputy Tempe Crabtree mystery, it was winter and we were having an unusually rainy season. The novel is set right after Christmas so all the rain and the havoc it was causing for real I reflected in what I was writing.
I definitely knew how it felt to drive through a downpour so I could write easily about Tempe not being able to see through the sheet of rain. The earth was so saturated, roads were blocked by rivers of mud, making it particularly hazardous for night driving. In places parts of the hillsides slid down bringing boulders along with the saturated earth. Trees fell, taking out power lines causing the loss of electricity. In some places, people were without lights and water for three and four days. All of this was great fodder for my story.
But I'm still in the middle of it and guess what? The weather has changed. Instead of being dark and gloomy, rain threatening every day, it's bright and sunshiny, colorful wildflowers are blooming all over the hills. So how am I going to sustain the mood?
I'm not going to open the curtains in my office, that way I won't be distracted by the glorious green, yellow, purple and blue hillside. I'm also going to climb right inside Tempe and look out through her eyes and experience what's going on in Bear Creek during the rainiest weather they've had in years.
And it's time to go there, see you tomorrow. To learn more about Tempe and her part of the Southern Sierra visit http://fictionforyou.com and read about the books in the series, the latest two are Dispel the Mist and Invisible Path.