A brief recap of what I’ve been up to the past couple of weeks as it has been quiet around Second Run Reviews. Plus a Judith Viorst quote.
Over the last few years I’ve had the opportunity to go on lots of vacations with my husband. This year we are sticking locally and I found the perfect book to plan the trip. Check out some of the places that made my list of stops! It’s my Literary Trip Bucket List.
Pictures of me on vacation are rare. This year I tried to relinquish my fancy pants camera a few times to my husband. Like me, I believe he takes the best shots of people when they aren’t looking. Or perhaps, I’m just not a fan of looking directly into the camera and smiling. Either way, here’s a shot of me, taken by my husband, at Niagara Falls earlier this summer.
Location, Location, Location:How Vacations Inspire My Books by Clara Grace Walker If you’ve read my books, you know; my characters live in warm places. The Desire Never Dies series takes place in Florida, and my upcoming series Sex & Secrets, makes use of sunny locales also. Exploits, Book 1 of the new series, is another Florida setting, except for a brief stint at the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in Pennsylvania. Tropical bliss is inevitable when you consider how my creative brain works. Plunk me in a lounge chair, poolside or on the beach, and stories flow. Don’t ask me why. Maybe it’s because once my body comes to rest, my mind searches for something more to do. Or maybe it’s because, having suffered through many a Michigan winter, the muse within me calls for escape. Whatever the reason, there’s no denying the settings for my books, and sometimes the stories themselves, are directly influenced by my vacations. For most people, work and vacations are contradictory ideas; polar opposites destined to tug a person in one direction or another. For me, vacations are the stages on which my characters play out their stories. Gratification’s setting in Key West is a great […]