In the order of most favorite to least, what are your preferred seasons in real life? What about in the novels you read?
- Fall (Autumn)
Growing up only ten minutes away from the beach, I’ve always preferred the summer myself, but I do like the changing seasons. Here are my favorites in order:
- Summer for the sunlight
- Fall (Autumn) for the leaves
- Spring for the flowers
- Winter for Christmas!
Brrr! Winter is cold. Even in my novels, I’ve avoided cold weather stories as much as I could to the point that among 27 books (including the one I’m writing now), I have very few “winter books.” And on top of that, I have only one Christmas romance that begins in…July! I know, I know. However, I am warming up to the idea of writing another Christmas romance. Someday!
On the other hand, summer is my favorite setting for almost all of my Christian coastal city and beach town romances. Tybee Island, St. Simon’s Island, Jekyll Island, Key Largo, and the Bahamas are all bright and sunny in the summer time. I can see these beach towns vividly in my mind from my time spent there, and I can hear the ocean waves when I write stories set in these places. They remind me of growing up so close to the ocean. Coming up soon is Pray for Me, the next novel in my Vacation Sweethearts series, and we go back to the Bahamas to visit with a cousin of my hero from Smile for Me, book 1 in the same series.
Do you like the leaves in the fall? In between summer and winter, I have two books set in the colorful season of autumn. I could hear October leaves crunching under hiking boots when I wrote Reach for Me (Vacation Sweethearts Book 2), which I set on top of the Great Smoky Mountains, another place I hope to return to soon. I do enjoy an autumn walk in the woods and park. What about you?
Yes, seasons come and seasons go. When I see the weather and temperature change, I remember what God said about life and the brevity of it. All around us, the leaves may fall (or forests sadly burn in fires), but at the end of the day, God remains. Praise the Lord that He never changes.
“The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the Word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isaiah 40:8).
God’s Word is always encouraging to me as we head into a new season of pandemic-influenced school year, work life, and major holidays coming up. I wish you and your family well and pray that everyone stays safe.