Hola, Jolene here checking in from the Texas Hill Country.
I’m writing on the porch of a cabin that sits on the Fro River. The birds are chatter and the water is rushing over the rocks. The shade of old giant pecan trees just invites me to stay and hide from the world a little bit longer.
When I plan a writing retreat or vacation the one request I have is a balcony or porch that overlooks the water.
My soul is refreshed by the sounds of water, it doesn’t matter if it’s a lake, river or the waves of the ocean. As humans we are called to the water, it’s a life source. We are connected to water in the most basic way.
That’s what a good story does for me too. Which is probably why all my stories have water and giant trees with deep roots in them.
In my contemporaries for Love Inspired all the stories take place in Clear Water, Texas. The Frio River plays a part in these stories.
Texas Daddy (July paper release Aug 1 e release) has a heroine, Nikki Bergman which struggles to let go of the past and decisions she made. But in order to live out the future God has planned for her she must forgive herself and others. For one of the pivotal scenes I take the characters on a horseback ride across her family ranch, through a pecan grove and next to the river. I love this scene and the trees and water add so much to the subtext between Adrian (hero) and Nikki. The healing powers of water.
I’m not sure what it is about water. When we stay downtown San Antonio I want to see the water.
On the coast of Texas I will sit on the balcony and just write for hours. Walking along the creek in our hometown I’m recharged by the water. It just washes away the stress.
An incredible group of authors (Jessica Keller, Danica Favorite, Belle Calhoune, Leah Atwood and Kristen Ethridge) invited me to be part of an anthology last Christmas. With a new story I got to create a new setting, so I picked a lake this time. When we decided to do another for summer, I knew I wanted to go back to the lake and dig deeper into the family history.
Sweet Summer Nights is all about making those summer memories, so I just had to take them to a summer camp on the lake. A place they loved as children, but now his job is to close it and sell the land while she is trying to find a way to save it. Sunsets over the water and kisses at a bon fire are just is so romantic. It was a perfect setting for Alex Cortez and Sasha Saint Clair to reconnect and find God’s purpose for their lives.
The best part is you can get all six stories for .99 cents. Here are two more of my favorite picture from my walk.
Anyone that tries to guess where either of the photos were taken will be put into a drawing to when a free copy of the Sweet Summer Nights and an early paper back copy of my August release with LI: Texas Daddy. So enjoy!
Do you love water? Do you have a favorite place?