Today I would like to welcome author, Virginia Kelly, joining us with her romantic suspense that I absolutely loved (look for my review this evening) - IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER!
Travel and Fiction
Travel begs story. Don’t you come home from a trip with a story? Maybe it’s that your luggage didn’t make it with you. Ours once went to San Jose—yes, the luggage knew “the way to San Jose.” Or maybe it was that first view of the Grand Canyon, when you thought, “I knew it was grand, but Wow!” Or, that not so happy “the hotel was HORRIBLE!”
A road trip gave me many of the locations for scenes when I wrote IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER. Only it was a backwards road trip because JP Blackmon’s and Abby Price’s story covers those places I passed through on the road back home to the Florida panhandle, rather than the road from Alabama to Texas. Here’s a rundown of my family road trip and the impressions that made it into the book:
• Texas Panhandle: acres and acres of fields and cattle ranches
• Oklahoma: flat land, low vegetation (that’s what I remember)
• Arkansas: so green after Oklahoma, that I wanted to stop and relax in a cabin in the woods
• Louisiana: driving alongside the Mississippi River levee
• Mississippi: the Gulf Coast, so damaged by Katrina, but still beautiful
• Alabama: rural farm land interspersed with woods and country roads
Every one of these places inspired something in IN THE ARMS OF A STRANGER. Whether it was Abby’s Alabama home, a quick stop while JP and Abby looked for the clues they needed, where they had their first kiss, or the place that proved the most dangerous.
Yes, travel inspires story and storytelling in me. What about you? Has a trip brought you home with an interesting story? Can you share?
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