As I posted about Sunday, my NaNoWriMo novel this year is about a police detective who undergoes a tragedy with his partner during a gang bust. I originally got the idea for this story when I found an entry listing for mystery short story. They wanted a story based in either Seattle or Spokane. I started writing Detective 139 until I hit a patch of writer’s block. When I went back to find the entry listing again, I couldn’t find it.
I always liked the idea I had for Detective 139 so I decided to bring it back for NaNoWriMo. Here is a little bit about the setting of Detective 139.
The story starts out in a part of Seattle that is known for both the good and the bad, the Central District. While we don’t see much of the area, we get the few moments before the raid on a gang house. In real life, the Central District is full of many people who are great and wonderful but at the same time, there are also a handful of the bad ones. Some houses in the area are run down. Flophouse isn’t exactly what you would picture the target house but that is what it is.
Seattle is only the start of Detective 139, the real setting is Sun Mountain Hotel. Sun Mountain Hotel is a fictional hotel that sits in the Snoqualmie Pass. During the summer it is a fun place to go hiking and explore but during the winter is when it really starts to become a fun place. Seattle doesn’t have much of a Christmas, so when he is ordered to go on a vacation, Lincoln chooses Sun Mountain Hotel.
Driving up to the hotel/spa is just a good example of how dangerous the trip is going to be. Covered in snow, the road is slippery and enough of a distraction by itself, but when you factor in the constantly falling snow that is so thick you can barely see in front of you, driving is the last thing you want to do. But on a divided highway, there isn’t much of an option.
Rumor has it that Sun Mountain Hotel is supposed to be a luxurious place that people go for vacation. But Lincoln finds the place to be far from that. The lobby of the hotel looks like it hasn’t been cleaned all day. The staff look like they are trying to handle too many things at one time. One thing does win out though, at least the building itself holds that luxurious feeling. That is until you go to a floor. Hallways in the hotel are just like any other hotel and the rooms are nice, but nothing too special.
Outside of the hotel there is a land of snow. Some of the hotel guests have crafted paths around the hotel in the snow but there are trails that are not explained by the guests. Whether they are from animals or something more sinister, who knows? Exploring the high mountain paths and trails can be extremely dangerous in the weather that is coming down.
This is what I have for the setting so far. Of course, it will continue to develop as I write and you will get to experience that with regular updates. In the next preparation post you will learn more about Detective Lincoln Thomas. Keep your eyes open for that post!