Hello, Inspy Readers! What cities, states, and places do you find romantic?
The question is relevant to me because I’m just starting to work on a new romance series, and I’ve spent some time figuring out where it should take place.
There is a whole school of thought that says “write what you know,” and in fact, that’s what I do in my Rescue River series. I was born and raised in Ohio, and the farms and small towns and down-to-earth people are my first love. It was a natural setting to choose and I love writing books set in the fictional, but realistic town of Rescue River, Ohio. You can see the friendly midwestern locale just by looking at the cover of my current book:
Romantic Mountain Settings
My Sacred Bond series is all over the map—Colorado, Montana, West Virginia, Pennsylvania—but all the stories are set in places I’ve either lived in or visited extensively… and almost all are mountain settings. For example, I lived in Colorado for nine years, so the top-of-the-mountain setting of Book One echoes my own experiences pretty closely… though the mountains will always seem exotic to this Ohio girl.
Trying Something New
For the new series, though, I wanted a change. I spent some time researching Western Maryland. Very cool place, but too much like places I’d written about before. Florida? I love the beach and spent lots of time there with my mother, but something about it didn’t feel exactly right.
I ended up with, drum roll… South Carolina. Specifically, the area south of Myrtle Beach, known as the low country. As soon as I started researching it, I knew it was perfect. Beaches, yes, gorgeous ones. But also salt marshes and bayous and pretty small towns. A distinctive culture of seafood and grits, lilting southern and Gullah accents, and a history that is both complicated and very much alive.
Here are a few shots from my recent research trip, and all sparked story ideas in me. I’m so excited to start working on this new series, which I expect to release early in 2017.
Meanwhile, please stop by my website to sign up for my newsletter and get a free story, the pre-prequel of my Sacred Bond series. And I’d love to hear from you what settings you find the most romantic!