Everyone was watching the debate between the VP nominees last night and so was I. As I was watching I was thinking how following the presidential campaign for so long has shown me so many corners of our country. Every time the candidates are in a new city, I check my Writer's Guide to Places book to see if I can find out more information about that particular place in case I ever want to set a story there.
I admit, I'm a New Englander who doesn't stray too far from the home ground very often. But I am a mental traveler and I love reading about new locations in books. It would be great to write a book set in Alaska. Of course, if I say this too loud my husband will get his duffel bag packed and have me out the door so fast for a wild adventure into the Alaskan tundra. Tempting, but do they have Wi-fi in the tundra? My husband, being a former Marine, is much more adventurous than I am. Although I must admit he's pulled me out for a bit of adventure a time or two.
I love that Massachusetts is very different from Arizona and that Boston is different from New York City. Although city to city and small town to small town may share similarities, they also have something unique about them. My small town in Massachusetts is much different than some of the small towns I've visited in Vermont. That led me some years ago to want to write about a small fictitious town in Vermont called Stockington Falls with my friend Cathy McDavid, who writes for Harlequin American. Although the 4 novellas that each took a season out of a year in the life of Stockington Falls residents who were dealing with a mysterious tragedy was never published, it was LOADS of fun to write and renewed my love of visiting Vermont and the old covered bridges and ski towns.
I love small towns, the camaraderie and neighborliness of the people and the fact that you can't even go to the post office without running into 3 or 4 people you know. I've written books in different locales. What other locations are YOUR favorites to read about? Tell me about them by leaving a comment. If you do, you'll be entered into the CRAFTIE Ladies of Suspense drawing for all 4 October Love Inspired Suspense books.
Until next time, many blessings, Lisa Mondello