When you think of books you love it’s more often the characters that make you love the story. There may be magic powers, great romantic chemistry and a hook that draws you in, but it will always be relationships that keep you coming back to read again, or read the next book in the series.
There are some books in which the place the characters live is important and you fall in love with it. The place becomes like a character itself and you can’t imagine the story happening anywhere else. It could be Cedar Cover, sweet and homey like only Debbie Macomber can bring to life for us, or Robin Carr’s Thunder Point, or maybe it’s a ship like Firefly? The point is, where something happens can be very important to a story. So when I decided to create Sea Haven I put a lot of thought into what it would be like, why it needed to be that way and what the town would bring to the characters themselves as well as the story.
Sea Haven, the home of two series; The Drake Sisters and Sisters of the Heart may be familiar to anyone who has been on the West Coast along Highway 1. I fell in love with the Northern Coast of California many years ago. It’s inspiring, serene, beautiful and holds an energy to it hard to describe, but it’s easy to feel. Many creative people are drawn to the Redwoods and the ocean, people looking for calm and peace. It’s magical in its own way, which is why I put the small town in such an area.
The people of the coastal area in Northern California are unique as well. People are drawn to the energy there to be creative so you have many artists creating unique clothing, sculpture, food, beautiful items from blown glass to jewelry. They are open minded in a way that is accepting of other cultures, beliefs and lifestyles. And I’ve done a great deal of research to make Sea Haven feel real. (http://www.christinefeehan.com/drake_sisters/mendocino_coast.php) So, when I needed an entire family of sisters who have magical abilities to feel accepted and cared for, I knew Sea Haven would be that place.
Looking out over the ocean or walking my dogs out in the woods I feel the serenity of this place. I knew my sisters of the heart, women who went to therapy together and found sisters in each other, would be attracted to the calm and peace of the place just as my magical Drake sisters found it accepting and loving.
Sea Haven doesn’t really exist on a map. But, it exists in my heart and in my stories. It’s all the beauty I have seen in the many small towns up and down Highway 1. The way I feel when I am at the ocean or in the woods, or chatting with the artisans in the local area is how I want people who read these stories to feel when they come to Sea Haven in my stories.
There’s something magical about a small town that seems to take you in, hold you close and care for you. There’s certainly magic in Sea Haven.
You can read the first chapter of my most recent Sisters of the Heart series here- http://www.christinefeehan.com/air_bound/chapter1.php
Do you have a place that you go that feels magical to you?
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