Update: Thank you for all of the wonderful comments! You made me itch to travel again. I randomly selected our winner, and that person is…Susan Stielow. Congrats, Susan!
I love the research process. When I’m working on a new book, I can get completely pulled into research–and lose hours of time. Thanks to my research, I’ve learned how to battle blazes, I’ve taken several self-defense classes, I’ve gone on dozens of haunted tours…and on my most recent research trip?
I had the pleasure of hiking in the Smoky Mountains.
My last trip was a combo family vacation and research expedition. I’m working on a new Bound story (vampire/werewolf romance), and the bulk of the book will take place in the Smokies. I thought it would be helpful to see that area–all up close and personal. And, wow, but it was gorgeous! So gorgeous that I may just have to head back very soon for another hiking expedition.
The streams were ice-cold and so incredibly clear. Despite the fact that it was hovering around 31 degrees, I was so tempted to kick off my shoes and socks and go skipping across that water. It was so easy for me to imagine the scenes of my book in this gorgeous setting. Now my fingers are itching to type more on my story–but I have to finish up page proofs and edits on another book first. Oh, the pain of waiting!!
But while I’m waiting and editing, tell me–is there a place that you’d love to explore? Some wonderful location that calls to you? Share with me–and I’ll pick one random commenter to win a $10 Amazon.com gift card.
And, before I go, I have to give a shout-out to my latest release (promo warning!). My new single-title romantic suspense, DIE FOR ME, is available now! Yay!!