TASMANIA is known for historically unnerving settings that have inspired a spate of crime novels _ the East Coast in Poppy Gee's Bay of Fires and Hobart in Livia Day's A Trifle Dead, for example.
Thriller novelists Annie Hauxwell and Jaye Ford will visit the state this week to mark the Australian government's Get Reading initiative.
Ford, a former journalist, knows well the importance of a good setting when looking to scare _ her home in New South Wales' Hunter Valley provides plenty of inspiration.
And while the author of Blood Secret prefers to write about locations close-by, she didn't rule out featuring Tasmania in future books.
``It's important going to other places and getting a feel for them,'' she said.
Personal experiences also inspire Ford's books: an uncomfortable experience on the road lead to Blood Secret.
``My husband and I were caught in a road rage incident near where we live,'' Ford said.
``A kid followed us . . . and tailgated us as we walked to a bottle-shop.''
Threats from the teen made the couple uneasy; while eating dinner at a restaurant Ford's husband insisted he check on the car.
``I thought `What if he doesn't come back?''' Ford said.
``I write the kind of stories I write by thinking `Well, what was that like?', not how police will solve it.
``It's `Oh my god, what's it like to be caught in that moment?''
Blood Secret and Hauxwell's A Bitter Taste feature in Get Reading's 50 Books You Can't Put Down.
The pair will visit Scottsdale's LINC on King Street at 2pm and Petrarch's Bookshop on Brisbane Street at 6pm on Thursday. Book on 63522300 and 63318088 respectively.