Happy Friday all!
Ok, this may sound a little strange to some of you, but for me, sometimes WHERE a story takes place is just as important in inspiring me as the actual characters and storyline.
A big part of the inspiration for my second novel (LAST YEAR'S MISTAKE) was the contrast between Newport, Rhode Island, and my own hometown in Connecticut. The idea for the story came to me in a dream, but when I plotted it out I knew parts of it had to take place on the gorgeous Newport Cliffwalk and famous Thames Street, while other parts took place in the much less glamorous area of - well, the neighborhood where I lived in high school.
The contrast between the two places represented the person my character became at different points in her life.
|The Newport, RI Cliffwalk, where "The Taffy Scene" - the|
favorite among my CP's - takes place.
|The marina on Thames Street. I wrote a scene where Kelsey|
and Ryan watched this very sunset.
My third novel (SHADOW PARK) was an homage to my (somewhat freaky, yes, I admit) fascination with cemeteries. I can't help it, guys. All the stones and marble and greenery makes them SO DARN BEAUTIFUL despite their morbid connotation. They are so full of history and untold stories and lives lost too soon, I can't not marvel at them.
Or, you know, not write a story that has a good chunk of its action in one.
|For real, I can't be the only one who thinks these things are|
|That's Tom Welling. In the rain. In a cemetery. I just|
convulsed a little at the perfection.