Hello Inspy Readers! I’m continuing my posts about real-life novel settings, this time focusing on Los Angeles and Malibu, California. While my first two novels in the Southern Heart Series are mostly set in Oxford, Mississippi, the characters do end up traveling to California. These West Coast cities are very far from where I live, but one of my characters used to live there, and the hero of Going Up South is an actor with a home on the cliffs of Malibu.
I also choose this area because had the pleasure of traveling to Malibu via LA for three years to attend a Bible conference at Pepperdine University! The campus is actually in Malibu, and it is stunning. We did some touring each time we made the trek. A few of the highlights in LA were the usual big ones like: Rodeo Drive, The Walk of Fame, The Getty Museum, Santa Monica Pier, Disney, driving through the canyons, and so many more! We really squeezed a lot in.
Then we traveled thirty miles down the coast and settled in for the conference in Malibu. We enjoyed trying out the fish tacos and other wonderful specialties at the beachside or outdoor restaurants. The fish tasted so fresh and yummy, and the weather was lovely!
I didn’t have my good camera with me during those years, but I scanned in a few of our pics for you to see.
Pepperdine University above A restaurant in Malibu below
Venice canals and Getty Museum below
There’s so much more to say and more pictures, but I hope you enjoyed this little tour! What do you think? Do we have any readers in these areas? I’m sure you could add more!