Tracey describes her inspiration for Lost in the Last Frontier.
On my adventure holiday exploring Alaska, I happened upon a small town called Wasilla. My family stayed up a long windy mountain road in a Chalet. We were the only guests as it was on the edge of winter and not yet ready for the ski season to start. The owner of the Chalet owned a very mean dog. Of course the dog had to go into the story. The surrounding mountains had snow on their peaks and the glacial stream we ventured down to explore was freezing. During this time my children climbed upon big boulders across the stream. I was ever vigilant for bears. My imagination spooked me. I heard bears thundering through the woods, surging through the icy water to hunt down my three snack size children. The creative mind suddenly spat out a story.
I wondered what would happen if the children were separated from me if they were chased by a bear?
‘Lost in the Last Frontier’ was born.
Luckily we never encountered a bear, but we saw lots of warning signs to tell us that bears were in the area. My children hated going for walks, especially when I insisted we all sing….. “We’re going on a bear hunt.”
We often saw Moose poo lying on a path in the woods. It was rather scary as we had only walked along that path minutes beforehand and it hadn’t been there. I have to question how Moose manage to hide behind a tree with 7 foot wide antlers?
I guess I’ll never know. It is a mystery.
Alaska offered so much in the way of story ideas. The Northern Lights were a sight to behold (when the mean dog let me leave my room during the night). The woods, and the cabin in the woods, the dog, just had to be included in the story.
We rode the train for fifteen hours, but unlike in the story- it was wonderful. All the same it made for a great starting point in the story.