Diane Les Becquets is the author of THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST(March, 2019) and BREAKING WILD, both published by Berkley, Penguin Random House. BREAKING WILD,an Indie Next Pick and a national bestseller, received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and Booklist. It was also the recipient of the Colorado Book Award in Fiction, the New Hampshire Outstanding Work of Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Reading the West Book Award in Fiction. Les Becquets is also the author of three young adult novels: THE STONES OF MOURNING CREEK (Kirkusstarred review); LOVE, CAJUN STYLE (Bookliststarred review) and SEASON OF ICE, the latter being the recipient of a Pen American Fellowship. Other awards she has received include a BCCB Blue Ribbon Award, the Maine Lupine Award, ALA Best Book of the Year, Foreward Reviews Gold Winner Book of the Year, Volunteer State Book Award Selection, and Garden State Book Award Finalist.
A former professor of English, Les Becquets has served as a judge for the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the Maine Arts Commission, and has taught writing workshops at venues across the country, including the University of Mississippi, Auburn University, the New Hampshire Writers' Project, the Department of Forestry, Writers Conference at Ocean Park, Writers in Paradise, the Arkansas Literary Festival, the Telluride Arts District, and at shelters for Katrina victims. She is a volunteer at Back in the Saddle Equine Therapy Center and an avid outdoors woman, enjoying archery, bicycling, snowshoeing, swimming, and backpacking with her dog, Izzy. Before moving to New Hampshire, where she now resides with her husband, she lived in a small ranching town in Northwestern Colorado for almost fourteen years, raising her three sons.
THE LAST WOMAN STANDING
Marian Engström has found her true calling: working with rescue dogs to help protect endangered wildlife. Her first assignment takes her to northern Alberta where she falls in love with her mentor, the daring and brilliant Tate. After a tragic accident, Marian discovers growing and disturbing inconsistencies about Tate’s life, and begins to wonder if the man she loved could have been responsible for the unsolved murders of at least four women.
Desperate to clear Tate’s name as a serial killer, Marian reaches out to a retired forensic profiler who’s been haunted by the open cases. But as Marian relives her relationship with Tate and circles ever closer to the truth, evil stalks her every move.
“I raced through this gripping tale in two sittings, only pausing to admire the stunning views of the snowy wilderness. Beautifully paced and twisty.” -Fiona Barton, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow
“A compelling and thrilling novel of grief, suspicion and examining the rugged terrain of the human heart.” -Riley Sager, New York Times bestselling author of The Last Time I Lied
“A taut, well-crafted thriller that pulls readers in from the very first page and keeps them guessing until the very last. All this, while also illuminating universal truths about intuition, trust, and love.” -John Searles, New York Times bestselling author of Help for the Haunted
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THE LAST WOMAN IN THE FOREST -
"Beautifully paced and twisty." -Fiona Barton, NYT bestselling author
"A compelling and searing novel...." -Riley Sager, NYT bestselling author
On the slide for The Last Woman in the Forest, we need to include "On sale March 9"
"A gripping thriller." -The Boston Globe
"A taut and thrilling narrative." - Booklist (starred review)
"Les Becquets' prose is...spare, haunting, and nuanced." -Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
I envision my website looking/feeling like a piece of art and very professional, not a scrapbook that I pasted together (mine). The kind of art that pulls you in, that feels safe and comfortable and has a mood - a soothing, yet evocative mood. Ease of use/navigation is important, as is clean and pure beauty. On pinterest I have a board called the writer's fashion - and it's all casual and natural. I love a worn, soft pair of jeans; t-shirts; flannel shirts; my totally worn in leather boots. I love dogs and horses, and writing in my 8x8 little shed tucked against the woods. I want my website to capture me - not me on campus and multi-tasking, etc. - but me in that lovely spiritual place of deep connection with the natural world and intimate connection with others. the kind of mood that feels warm and safe and in love and hungry and peaceful all at the same time.
Some women are born wild. Some are made. The line was used on a belly band on the ARCs. I love this line. I'm wondering if we can use it anywhere on the website - home page perhaps? I feel like it really captures not on the novel, but me, as well.
1) Colors: I love burnt orange (the color of the desert sand in Moab) - especially they way burn orange looks in evening light - I love the play of light on these tones; I love the color of salmon - though don't like pink; I love natural colors. I like some shades of purple. (I hate pastels.)
2) Fonts: I don't know. I like the Fonts used on Tamara's site.
3) I like Tamara's site. I don't like cluttered, noisy, busy sites. I like sites where I feel a sense of purity and calm, where you land on the site and it pulls you in, and you feel "ahhh," that peaceful good feeling of a deep breath being exhaled, like yes, I want to be here and stay a while.
4) Favorite things: Food: blackberries; raspberries; LOVE/CRAVE black raspberry milkshakes; a good steak ( a little raw); salmon
Alcohol: Definitely scotch (Glen Levit), but sadly this summer it started to give me migraines. I am still hoping to find a way around this. If I drink wine, I prefer Pinot Grigio. For beer, I love Sam Adams Summer.
Books/writers: My two favorite books are: THE HOURS by Michael Cunningham and SHEPHERDESS OF ELK RIVER VALLEY by Margaret Duncan Brown (this is a collection of her journal entries - a woman who made it on her own after her husband died as a sheep rancher - she is definitely my soul mate, and yet I know her only through her words and spirit.) I also love the book of Isaiah in the Bible. Authors: Craig Childs, Annie Proulx, Maile Meloy (short stories only).
Places to travel: Colorado and Utah wilderness. I am hoping to backpack in Mongolia over the next year or so. I love the wilderness, places off the grid, northern Maine and northern NH, the upper peninsula of Michigan where my father's family is from.
Music: folk - picture sitting around a fire, and acoustic guitars are playing, and voices are singing harmony, and I can sip my scotch without a migraine, and all is well with the world, or I am sitting by a lake, and folks are gathered together playing. I LOVE THIS.
People/mentors: my stepfather, my grandmothers, and animals. I believe animals are some of my greatest teachers. Just yesterday a beautiful blackbear stared me down, rose on his haunches before walking away. Fox and coyote and deer - all of them bring messages and lessons if we listen.
I love how natural and clean and pure Tamara's site feels. I am drawn to "natural." I also like how it draws you in. It definitely feels evocative - I like how I feel when I land there. The colors feel "light" - not light as in pastel, but light as in light versus darkness. Pure.