Double Jeopardy — THE SETTING FOR THE STORY ( + Giveaway )

Welcome to the seventh of nine days of fun and excitement leading up to the book launch on January 7th. During this time, you’ll learn more about the book, the characters, and, hopefully, me, too. If you missed the previous posts, check back. There’s a great recipe for biscuits and some fun insights into Zeke and Becky and the villain, as well as my inspiration for the book and the history behind the story. Plus you can still leave a comment each day to get in an extra entry on the drawing.

If you make the biscuits, leave a comment and let us know how they turned out.

Now, on to the setting of the story.

When trying to decide where to set the story, I really had three criteria: it had to be in Colorado, because I wanted to be able to enter it into local writing contests that required a state-based setting; it had to be based on a place I’d actually visited and liked; and I didn’t want it set in a place that others had written a lot about.

When it came to silver in Colorado, many books have been set in and around Leadville, Cripple Creek, or Pike’s Peak. I wanted something different. A place with character that mirrored my characters. A setting that would actually be a character in the story, putting constraints and pressures on my characters and on the plot.

As I do with most of my books, I made up the town and the geographic area. But when I visited the Alamosa area, saw the great palisade mountains, the wide open valleys with green grass and trees, and met some of the folks who live in the area, I knew I’d found my setting.

Travel up a box canyon or two and follow its winding trail to a place that absolutely could be a silver mine. Imagine riding through the belly-deep grasses when the sun is shining down, and you’ll be where Zeke is going to build his house. Wander along a stream and imagine some old timers panning for gold. And that cluster of buildings over there? No doubt a ghost town long since abandoned.

So the next time you take a trip and find yourself off the beaten path, stop, look around, and ask yourself, “Could I set a story here?”


I will randomly draw from all who leave a comment over the next nine days to win a print (US only) copy of Double Jeopardy. Which means, if you stop by every day and leave a comment, you’ll have nine entries.

Available at, and fine booksellers in your area.

Don’t forget to join us on Launch Day, January 7th, at our Facebook event to win more prizes: FB event

About Donna:

Donna lives in Denver with husband Patrick. As a hybrid author, she writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas and full-length novels. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Writers on the Rock, Sisters In Crime, and Christian Authors Network; facilitates a critique group; and teaches writing classes online and in person. Donna also ghostwrites, edits, and judges in writing contests. She loves history and research, and travels extensively for both. Donna is represented by Terrie Wolf of AKA Literary Management. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!



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Posted on January 5, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Natalya Lakhno

    I’ll definitely think twice during my travels 😊

  2. conniepsaunders

    I will think of this from now on!

  3. I like stories set in a western state and even though there’s lots of stories set in Colorado, it never gets old.

  4. I often wonder how authors come up with the settings for their stories.

  5. Suzanne Norquist

    I do this every time I take a trip. So many story ideas.

  6. Colorado is a beautiful setting for a story!

  7. Oh, that sounds great!! Reminds me of going on a walk with two of my sisters and some cousins once, down a road none of us had ever been on before, across the road from one of our uncle’s houses. We didn’t walk the whole road, so anything could have been down it!!

  8. Donna Schlachter

    That’s right, Natalya! You never know what you might discover! Thanks for posting.

  9. Donna Schlachter

    To anxious58 – Thank you! Hope you’ll enjoy the story.

  10. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Connie – There is inspiration all around if we would just stop and take notice. Thanks for commenting.

  11. Donna Schlachter

    Hi Linda – Colorado is a beautiful state. Thanks for posting.

  12. Donna Schlachter

    Thanks for posting, Betsy and good luck with the drawing.

  13. Donna Schlachter

    Good for you, Suzanne! Thanks for your comment.

  14. Donna Schlachter

    Yes, Caryl, it’s hard to beat Colorado!

  15. Donna Schlachter

    That’s true, Trudy! You never know what you might have found! Thank you for stopping by!

  16. cool setting info

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