In the past, if you ever asked me what my favorite season was, I’d answer without hesitation. SUMMER.
I love the warm weather, time at a pool/lake/ocean, cookouts, watermelon, fireflies, longer days, and all the other lovely things summertime brings.
But I have a confession. The older I’ve gotten, the more I’ve come to see the “other” side of summer. The heat. The mosquitoes. (my town actually celebrates something called “Mosquitofest” because we are covered up with mosquitoes during the summer.) The snakes that lurk around my yard. In my part of the South, the heat and humidity are enough to make even the most summer-loving person think twice.
And so, as I continue to age, I’ve began to see how many great things Fall has to offer. Don’t get me wrong, I still love summertime. But Fall, with it’s cooler temperatures and changing leaves has started to win me over. (plus I adore fall-scented candles!)
As I think also about the seasons of life we go through, it occurs to me that right now I’m in a season of transition. My husband and I are getting our house ready to go on the market. We’ve been house hunting in a city about an hour from where we currently live. It means downsizing our farm and moving farther from our parents, but will put him closer to work and me closer to civilization. (The rural area I live in makes it so that I drive forty-five minutes minimum for groceries or Starbucks or restaurants…) So it’s going to be quite a change, but one that we’re excited about.
I’m also transitioning from full-time work to part-time. I’ve been working at the same non-profit for nine years, and the past year I’ve struggled with juggling too much (a full-time job, a writing career, a family, a farm). So going part-time will free me up to write more during the day so that in the evenings I can just be with my family. I’m super excited about this because it almost feels as if I’ve been given the gift of time! (and who couldn’t use more of that?)
As I consider seasons, I can’t help but think about the books I’m currently plotting. Seasons are important! Do I want my characters to find love amid summertime cookouts and beach trips? Or will they meet under the mistletoe instead? My recent release, On Board for Romance, takes place during sweet summertime. (You can read the first chapter here!)
I’m working now on the next book in the series, A Recipe for Romance, and I’ll admit, I’m stumped on which time of year would be the very best for the story to take place. The book releases in early January.
I’m curious–as a reader, do you prefer for a book to be set during the same season it actually releases? (as in, a book coming out in December/January might have a wintery background? And a book that comes out in March might open up in the spring?) Or does it matter? I’d love for you to chime in and let me know your thoughts on books and seasons in the comments.
And if you’ve read On Board for Romance, you may want to hop over to my website! I’m doing a big giveaway of some of Riley’s favorite things–it’s some pretty fun stuff!