Thursday, April 11, 2013

Why Set a Thriller in Western Australia?

I'm delighted to have author Tracy Cooper-Posey here to talk about her new thriller, Terror Stash. Can't wait to read it, because I loved her #1 best-selling Amazon thriller, Dead Again
~~ Cris

The smart answer is:  Why not?  There’s been stranger places that quite excellent thrillers have been set in, including runaway best sellers.  A classic that springs to mind is Running Blind, a 1970s espionage novel by English thriller writer Desmond Bagley, which was set in Iceland.  Not only did the book become a movie and a brilliant BBC TV series ten years later, but the novel itself raised tourism in Iceland for the next decade … and probably is still contributing to that country’s GDP (it’s a very small country).

I grew up in Western Australia.  Worse, I grew up in the wheatbelt area, which is farming country:  Nothing for miles but wheat silos, farms, sheep and bush.  And flies.  Writers are always encouraged to write what they know about.  When I returned to Australia for a visit in May 2011 and proposed writing a novel set in Western Australia, the reactions ranged from amusement to puzzlement.  “Why would you want to write a story about here? Nothing exciting ever happens in W.A.”

To an extent, this is true.  Perth, the capital of the state, is the most remote city in the world.  It’s bloody expensive to get to, even from inside the country.  Once you head out of the metropolitan area and get away from people (and that’s remarkably easy to do) you can feel the isolation.  You can’t replicate that sensation anywhere else in the world.

I kept thinking about this, about the sense of isolation, the beautiful coastline, the beaches I miss so much, and the unique qualities that make Western Australia so remarkable…and just like that a story – a thriller – fell into place.  It’s a story that could only be set in Western Australia…that could only be set in Margaret River, in fact.  The geographical anomalies of the area are what made the story possible.

But I would be spoiling the story to explain further. 

 A stash of terrorists in a tiny town? No one believes her.

American diplomat Montana Dela Vega, posted to laid-back Western Australia, discovers a band of known terrorists hiding deep in the bush. Laughed at by superiors, she must find courage and her own resources to expose the ruthless zealots.

The only people who believe her wild story are Caden Rawn, the mysterious and physically intimidating man with a terrifying reputation, and a bloody history that dogs his every step; and Steve Scarborough, a local police officer with an instinct for the truth and a secret of his own.

Caden and Montana’s private investigation entwines them in tragedy and fear, and teaches them the meaning of friendship...and love.  They must face the cost of truth and the courage of their convictions, for Montana’s terrorists are very real and very deadly indeed—and they want Montana for themselves....

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Tracy Cooper-Posey is an Amazon #1 Best Selling Author.  She writes erotic vampire romances, hot romantic suspense, paranormal and urban fantasy romances.  She has published over 50 novels since 1999, been nominated for five CAPAs including Favourite Author, and won the Emma Darcy Award. 

She turned to indie publishing in 2011. Her indie titles have been nominated four times for Book Of The Year.   She has been a national magazine editor and for a decade she taught romance writing at MacEwan University. 

She is addicted to Irish Breakfast tea and chocolate, sometimes taken together.  In her spare time she enjoys sewing, history, Sherlock Holmes, science fiction and ignoring her treadmill. An Australian, she lives in Edmonton, Canada with her husband, a former professional wrestler, where she moved in 1996 after meeting him on-line. 

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  1. Hi Cris:

    Thanks so much for hosting me here today!



  2. I love writing stories about my hometown. :) I can just imagine how isolating it is. That is the perfect place for a million things to happen, esp. since help is few and far between!

    Sounds like a winner. Best of luck!

  3. Hi Tracy,

    I think I understand the kind of place your from. I live in nowhere California, not it's real name of course, lol. It's a sleepy agricultural community, and don't blink as you go down the HWY or you'll miss it. This is the place that when kids grow up they leave. And I'm still here. :(

    It would be frightening if there was terrorist here.

    Good luck with your story. It sounds like a great read.


    1. Hi Janice:

      Yeah, that's the sort of town I grew up in. Five houses and the wheat silo. And the main store, which my mum and dad ran.

      No TV, no other kids (except boys that wouldn't teach me to throw stones like they did).

      I grew up reading. :)

  4. Hello to Melissa and Janice. I agree that small towns - or isolated locations - are a great (frightening) setting for terror.

  5. Hi Cris,

    I live in Australia and have yet to been to the Western side (though there's a RWA conference there this year I would have loved to attend if I hadn't just moved). Your story sounds great! =))

  6. Hi Cris and Tracy,

    I moved from the UK to WA several years ago and love reading about my home state :-) I'm three hours south of Margaret River - love the wine!!! Congrats on your latest release, Tracy!

  7. Whoops. That would be three hours north of Margaret River. Clearly have consumed too much wine!

  8. What your readers might not realize is just how BIG Western Australia is. How many Texases could you put in there?
    It is a land of contrasts, with incredible beauty, unique flora and fauna, endless horizons, right?

    Anyway, as you have said, any place is a good setting for a story. My current release is in Ireland, New South Wales, Hungary, and a couple of places off-planet.

  9. That's a mind-boggling statistic, Dr. Bob. Thanks.

    Thanks to everyone who stopped by. I'd love to visit Australia!