Travel turns into a book

Photo from the top of the Hallfrimskirkja

As you all saw here last July- I spent a week in June in Iceland. That trip has now come full circle. The book I thought about while being a tourist will release on June 1st.

I had an awesome time in Iceland. Unfortunately for my character, Hawke, he is drawn into a murder investigation while he is there for a SAR (Search and Rescue) conference.

While I enjoyed Krýsuvík mud pools for their colors, steam, and uniqueness, though I could have used a clothes pin for my nose due to the sulfuric steam, poor Hawke finds a body in a mud pool.

Krýsuvík

Harpa, the beautiful concert hall/ conference center across from my hotel (and the one where I had my character stay), is the center of the SAR conference Hawke attends. I was elated when, after arriving back home from Iceland, I discovered that Rykjavik holds a worldwide SAR conference every other year. It worked perfectly for my book. And this here (if covid doesn’t cancel the conference) it will be held at Harpa.

Harpa

I was able to bring in bits and pieces of what I saw and learned while in Reykjavik into the book and what I didn’t know or didn’t’ remember, I was lucky enough to have made friends with our guide while we were there and he has emailed back and forth with me. His help has made this book ring true to his country.

There are other people I have to thank for this book. Because this book is set at a worldwide conference, I had characters from…around the world. Thankfully, I have author friends and readers from around the world. My main concern was dialog. I wanted the characters to “sound” like they were their nationality. Mainly Britain, Australia. But I also have characters from Kenya and Japan. As well as, of course, Iceland.

An author helped me with my British characters, a reader with my Australian, and the guide in Iceland helped me with those characters. My Kenyan, I watched a few Youtube news reels to see how they spoke English. A bit broken. I watched Last Man Standing, the tv show to see how the Japanese exchange student on that show spoke English and I watched Youtube videos on that as well. I hope I didn’t mess up the last two.

If you would like to read Fox Goes Hunting book 5 in the Gabriel Hawke Novels, you can pre-order now and it will release on June 1st.

While teaching a tracking class at a Search and Rescue conference in Iceland, Oregon State Trooper Gabriel Hawke discovers a body in a boiling mud pool. The body is the young man Hawke’s class is tracking.

Unable to walk away from the gruesome death without helping to find the killer, Hawke follows the clues and discovers the victim had few enemies, and all of them have alibis. The killer is cunning like the fox, but Hawke is determined to solve the homicide before the conference attendees head home in five days. 

Universal pre-order link https://books2read.com/u/3yEjKv

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