Mountains – Reason 1

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #1: ALASKA In my last post, I mentioned my family’s Alaska roots that reach back to 1885. Most pioneer families didn’t manage to stay four generation because, frankly, Alaska’s a tough place to survive. Winter sunlight hours can be counted on one hand; […]

Mountains – Reasons 2 and 3

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. Now we’re at dual reasons #2 and #3: My Grandmothers When I was sixteen years old, I rode up the ski lift with a complete stranger who gazed down at my skis, read my name, and said, “Sibella, I know your grandmothers. They’re […]

Mountains – Reason 4

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #4: Real People in My Life Novelists get plenty of cathartic miles out of recycling annoying people into fictional characters—especially villainous characters. But I’ve found even greater joy by doing the exact opposite: Honoring people I love within the pages of my books. […]

Mountains – Reason 5

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #5: Poetry That’s right. I said it: Poetry. Yes, I do realize my books are murder mysteries. But I love poetry. If you’re not reading it, you’re not living. Readers constantly comment on these Raleigh Harmon titles, and the overwhelming majority really-really-really like […]

Mountains – Reason 6

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #6: The Sheer Challenge With every book, Raleigh Harmon raises the bar on me. For Mountains, she wanted to try solving crimes through geology, even though she’s stuck on water. “You’re on,” I said. Not only do normal people not converse with imaginary […]

Mountains – Reason 7

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #7: Cruises Growing up in Alaska, I watched my hometown morph from a sleepy capitol to one of the busiest tourist ports in the world. In the spirit of Scarlett O’Hara, I raised my fist and cried, “So help me, God, I will […]

Mountains – Reason 8

Here are my TOP TEN REASONS for writing The Mountains Bow Down. #8: Movie Stars Some actors have my undying admiration. I can name three of them right off the top of my head: Robert Duvall, Clint Eastwood, and Tom Selleck, who is perfection personified in those Jesse Stone TV movies. But too many actors […]