Monday, March 12, 2012
Liz's Lair: Meet Suspense Author Tiffinie Helmer
It is with great pleasure that I turn my blog over to my friend and fellow suspense author Tiffinie Helmer, a Utah girl who spends her summers in Alaska catching salmon. Today is Tiff's debut with her Alaskan adventure, and I am proud to be the one to introduce you to her. Here she is:
Love is never easy. But I made it extremely difficult for my characters, Skip and Wren in my short story IMPACT. They were childhood friends who became high school sweethearts, then life happened. Skip became an Alaska State Trooper. Wren became a criminal who fell into drugs as a way of escaping her troubled childhood. He arrested her and sent her to jail. Now its five years later, Wren is sober but still nursing a broken heart and carrying a grudge the size of Alaska.
You’d think that would be enough, but not for my characters. No, they need to fight to be together, prove to me they are worthy of the love I have in store for them. So I threw them into a situation where they had to rely on each other in order to survive. That’s right, a plane crash with an arctic storm bearing down somewhere between King Salmon and Egegik.
Where the hell is that, you ask? It’s nowhere.
If you look at the map, they crash landed in Southwest Alaska above the Aleutian Chain on the brutal banks of Bristol Bay. Have you seen Deadliest Catch? If you have then you’ll get a good picture of the nasty Mother Nature can dish out. If you haven’t, do yourself a favor and check them out. Deadliest Catch’s Season 8 starts April 10th on the Discovery Channel.
I really enjoyed writing Skip and Wren’s adventure and hope you’ll check it out. Here's a teaser.
Alaska State Trooper Skip Ozhuwan has waited five years to reunite with Wren Terni, the woman he’s always loved. Flying back home for his sister’s wedding with only him and Wren in a chartered bush plane guarantees he’ll have her undivided attention.
Ever since Skip arrested her five years earlier, Wren vowed never to lay eyes on him again. She’s gotten sober and made a life for herself that she’s proud of. Seeing Skip now throws her into a tailspin.
When the plane crashes, they are forced to battle a violent arctic storm, outwit predators, and dispose of a dead body. They must find a way to get past their differences if they are to survive to have a future together. That is, if they don’t kill each other first.
What kind of crazy situations have you put your characters in or have loved reading about? One lucky commenter will win a copy of IMPACT.
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Tiffinie Helmer is an award-winning author who is always up for a gripping adventure.
Raised in Alaska, she was dragged “Outside” by her husband, but escapes the lower forty-eight to spend her summers commercial fishing on the Bering Sea.
A wife and mother of four, Tiffinie divides her time between enjoying her family, throwing her acclaimed pottery, and writing of flawed characters in unique and severe situations.