DEFENDING THE PEN – is all about murder . . . and romance . . . writing it! I post interviews, book reviews, and flash fiction, and occasionally it's all about me. Careful . . . you may end up the victim . . . of fun!
Alaska has several natural hot springs. A
tourist favorite is Chena Hot Springs. 90 minutes from Fairbanks it’s a
favorite in the summer or the winter, when the aurora borealis is active.
Besides Chena there are at least 12 other
Natural Hot Springs in the Alaskan Interior. And while a natural spring is mentioned in the Snowman, it's not in Alaska.
O = Obscene – offensive to moral principles, repugnant
(of the portrayal or description of sexual matters) offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency.
The Snowman may be offensive for both
the violence and the sexual portrayals of the story. Please be forewarned.
Stone is not a nice character.
P = Ptarmigan – (t arm again) The Willow
Ptarmigan is the State Bird of Alaska. Also, known as the Arctic Grouse or as
some in Alaska call them, the Alaskan chicken. There are three types of Ptarmigan and all are found in Alaska - the Willow, the Rock, and the white tailed.
In the Snowman I mentioned the ptarmigan as part of the Alaskan turducken dish of - ptarmigan, bear, and moose. FYI - there is no such dish! 😉
Q = Quiver or quiver?
To quiver is to tremble or shake with a slight
rapid motion or it’s a slight trembling movement or sound especially one caused
by a sudden strong emotion.
Or a Quiver is the tool that holds your arrows.
Both examples are used in the Snowman – both uses
cause uncontrollable shaking, terror, and eventually result in death.
R = Reincarnation– “Reincarnation is the
philosophical or religious concept that the soul or spirit, after biological
death, can begin a new life in a new body. This doctrine is a central tenet of
the Hindu religion. The Buddhist concept of rebirth is also often referred to
as reincarnation and is a belief that was held by such historic figures as
Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates.”
Stone believes in reincarnation - can he kill the same person twice?