The mountains of Western Canada are full of mysterious beauty. As an avid skier, I have been fortunate enough to glide down slopes all over the world, yet it’s the awe-inspiring scenery that I encountered in Whistler, British Columbia, that carved a special place into my heart, thus leading to my initial inspiration to pen CLAIMED IN CANADA.
I stayed in a rustic yet chic chalet-style home that was filled with Native Indian masks and art along with fantastic woodwork everywhere your eye wandered. It was quite easy for me to allow my imagination to run wild. Outdoors I would often ski for long periods of time without seeing another soul. Although I only encountered deer and rabbits within the forest just off the slopes I was more than aware of dangerous creatures (bears and cougars) that call the frozen mountain their home. One would certainly not want go off of a run and become lost in the forests on the mountain, especially at night or during a swiftly moving storm where your visibility would be severely limited. I wanted to blend all of this intense drama and beauty into CLAIMED IN CANADA, thinking that it would be exciting to save all of the danger for my fabulous heroine.
With main character, Violet London, I envisioned a curious, smart heroine who travels headlong into the Yukon Territory of the Western Canadian Wilderness to study a pack of elusive wolves. Pondering who could be a match for such a unique female I constructed Luke Benoit, a stern yet complex French Canadian Logger who, from the moment he sets eyes on the seductively beautiful Violet, knows he must possess her.
From the tops of the stunning peaks of the snow-capped mountains to the hip village that harbors first class restaurants, bars and shops, Whistler, B.C., has something for even the most discriminating traveler. The romantic aura of the mountain will leave you breathless!
Hugs and Love,