Now that I’ve lived here for quite a few years and have been all over the state, I see how narrow my old viewpoint was. Many people have seen Yellowstone and Jackson Hole, both of which are spectacular, but there is so much more to see that you miss unless you know what to look for. When I wrote the first Jake and Emma book, I decided to take readers on a tour of the state I’ve come to love so that they might love it too.
Wyoming has wind and you’ll see a lot of wind in my books. In Too Cute to Kill, we learn that Emma has cut her hair shorter every year that she’s lived in Wyoming to keep it out of the incessant Casper wind. Wyoming has snow and at strange times of the year so you’ll see blizzards and snowstorms, like the May Day blizzard that kicks off Main Street Murder. This year, we were measuring the snow in feet on Mother’s Day.
Wyoming has wide open spaces and ranches that go on for miles, as Jeb Cannon’s family’s ranch does in Justice for Katie. There is lots of wildlife to be seen in these open tracts. Pronghorn, what we just call antelope, are everywhere. Cottontails, jack rabbits, ground squirrels and prairie chickens inhabit the sage land while bison (buffalo), black bears, grizzly bears, elk, deer and moose can be seen in higher elevations.
I hope you’ll take a virtual visit of Wyoming with me, then plan a road trip with the family. You’ll be glad you did!