Detective Dex Stafford and Holly Seabright’s Sierra Mountain Village

View from above on a snowy winter day

Looking out from the clubhouse (community center) Under that willow tree is the pond where the body was found in Payback.

Sierra Mountain Village is loosely–and I stress loosely–modeled on Pine Mountain Club in Kern County Central California. I love my life here and would like to share it with you.

The Roads

Payback is the first novel in the Dex Stafford/Holly Seabright series, The Most Dangerous, the second. I’m at work on the third.

The road out with snowThe road leaving the village. One road in, one road out. Think earthquakes and fire.

I belong to the Community Emergency Response Team: a FEMA unit for citizen response. In a regional disaster we would be on our own for an unspecified amount of time. snow-on-s-curves

Snow on the twisty mountain roads. Imagine Holly directing traffic at this pile up.

The road into Sierra Mountain Village

The road into Sierra Mountain Village, Lovely on a Summer Day

The Bears


Bear scat


You see a lot of these signs. People post them outside their homes as well.








The Ponds

We live in what is called a high desert climate and the only big lake around is Pyramid Lake, which is a man-made reservoir and part of the California Water Project. What you see below is  just a sag pond, created by  a long ago earthquake. They used to drive cattle up from the San Joaquin Valley in the summers for the water here.

Lockwood Valley: The valley over the mountain next to ours

This pond exists as a water resource in case of fires. It’s also fun as a catch and release fishing pond.

Another view of the pond called Fern’s Lake