Wyoming’s stunning landscape made my visit there a few years back an absolute pleasure. So, when I needed a rural place for my mystery novel Stranger or Friend, Wyoming’s majestic scenery immediately came to mind.
Moreover, I needed a good place for winter, and not extremely far from Los Angeles. It’s a big asking of any place — to serve as winter setting, far enough without being too far from L.A., rural, offer one of the natural world’s wonders (Yellowstone, mentioned in the book). But Wyoming had it all.
Here are two scene descriptions from Stranger or Friend.
They drove on the winding road, through the untouched wilderness that was Wyoming backcountry. She could see the mountains far ahead… Up there were the trails she’d hiked with Angela and Lori, the pristine views. She closed her eyes, imagining the cover of snow over the point where the mountains met the sky.
So much vacant land in Wyoming. With all the rum in her, it struck Zoe as odd that humanity lived crowded like puppy dogs on top of one another, and this open land sat empty in the countryside. So much beauty. So easy to fall in love. Here, one could even see the stars. Beauty and silence and time to think.
Images: http://www.attractionsofamerica.com/attractions/wyoming.php, wikipedia