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‘Breaking Wild’ author visits The Bookworm of Edwards on Friday

EDWARDS — Author Diane Les Becquets writes from experience in her debut adult novel, "Breaking Wild," and that includes the time she got lost bow hunting in the Colorado wilderness alone, at night, with a dead headlamp.

The inspiration for her fourth book came from this "terrifying" experience, and Les Becquets will be at The Bookworm of Edwards today to discuss the novel in more detail.

"As I was driving home after I had found my way out, I thought, what would it be like for a woman hunter to go lost in the wilderness?" Les Becquets said. "And what would that mean symbolically in our life?"

"Breaking Wild" tells the tale of Amy Raye, a woman who has always found solace in the wild backcountry but runs into trouble when heavy snow falls during an adventure. When she doesn't return to camp, a massive search-and-rescue operation commences.

Ranger Pru Hathaway responds to the call, and after more snowfall, the rescue operation becomes a search for the missing woman's body. However, the more the female ranger learns about Amy Raye and her past, the more she believes Amy Raye is still alive.

Les Becquets spent nearly 14 years raising her three boys in Meeker, where she developed knowledge and background for the book. She worked in archeology, bow hunted, camped, backpacked, snowshoed and herded sheep to higher elevations one season.

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"I got to know the land in an intimate way," she said. "I just couldn't get enough of it and knew that I wanted to write a book that would take place there."

Les Becquets currently lives in New Hampshire, where she is a professor of English and a faculty member of the master of fine arts program in fiction and nonfiction at Southern New Hampshire University. The author is on a two-week tour across the United States.

"I met Diane last fall at our Bookseller Discovery show and was absolutely captivated when she began to speak about her novel," said Sarah Taylor, programs manager for The Bookworm of Edwards. "'Breaking Wild' is thrilling and suspenseful. I loved the Colorado landscape of the book and think it is a perfect story for our customers."

Reporter Ross Leonhart can be reached at 970-748-2915 and rleonhart@vaildaily.com. Follow him on Instagram at colorado_livin_on_the_hill.

If you go …

What: “Breaking Wild” author Diane Les Becquets discusses her newest novel.

When: 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12.

Where: The Bookworm of Edwards, 295 Main St., Riverwalk at Edwards.

Cost: Tickets are $10

More information: For more about author Diane Les Becquets, visit http://www.lesbecquets.com.