Seven years ago, we traveled through Northern Italy. Have you ever been? Even now, I can shut my eyes and remember the aromas of truffle oil and garlic that saturated the air around our apartment in Florence. So heavenly!
What does this have to do with writing novels? Everything.
You see, at the time, I was about to start writing the second novel in the Sea Glass Inn series, but I had not yet created all the tides that my heroine, Meg, would swim against on her journey to wholeness.
What to do, what to do. And then—a lightbulb moment.
Why not send her to Italy? Better yet, she should run away to Italy!
With that tidbit of Meg’s life figured out, I found myself paying closer attention to the places we visited, the sounds and sights, the experiences, the gelato, so I could bring as much detail as possible to readers. And they noticed. One large book club even hosted an Italian dinner night to discuss the story. (They were kind enough to invite me!)
As for our trip, we traveled through Rome, Verona, Lake Garda to visit my husband’s relatives, and Bologna.
But it was our extended stop in Florence that truly inspired Meg’s time in Italy. Who wouldn’t be inspired by all that history and art?
- The Ponte Vecchio over the Arno River
- The statue of David within antiquated museum walls
- Luigi Cherubini’s conservatory (Cherubini is the original spelling of my husband’s last name!)
- And, of course, the Duomo, which sits in the center of a bustling piazza
True confession: I didn’t realize when writing this post that Runaway Tide was already scheduled to be free today–but it is! The freebie lasts through tomorrow only.
I hope you pick up Runaway Tide now or in the future to find out if a spontaneous trip to the ancient city of Florence, Italy really does have the power to reignite lost love …
Before I leave you, I wonder … what locale would you love to see as the setting of a novel, and why?