I know, it’s been a long time, but how ya doing? Things have been good on my end, working, writing, and GOING TO SCOTLAND!! Omg, it was a dream come true and since Scotland is a running theme in all my novels, a huge source of inspiration! It was everything I dreamed about and so much more. We stayed in Inverness and visited Glasgow and Skye, which was amazing. And of course, since I’m a huge Outlander fan and have been since 1993, we did an Outlander tour. Pics attached but I won’t subject you to all 769 of them 🙂
Back in 1992, I was working at a bookstore called Bookstop, which was a predecessor to Barnes and Noble. I actually remember when Barnes and Noble bought Bookstop and started bringing in all their marketing materials and rearranging the store…wait, I digress.
Anyway, I was unpacking boxes in the back, and opened up a box that had this extraordinary large book in it (no wonder I almost gave myself a hernia lifting it) with a tartan, a clock, and what looked like a dagger on the cover. I couldn’t figure out what it was, but the tartan caught my attention.
I flipped it open to read the inside flap of the novel called “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon, and was intrigued. I say intrigued because at the time, I wasn’t “into” romance as much as I had been when I was younger (I was in a horror phase) and time-travel was something I could really care less about, even though I had an unhealthy obsession with all things Star Trek.
Since I had a nice employee discount at my disposal and was looking for a new book to read, I figured, “What the heck, I’ll give it a whirl”. Yeah…famous last words. So began a 21 year obsession that is still going strong!
The book has had a facelift since then. Every year, I read the series again, which is up to a nice 7 books (with an 8th getting ready to drop soon) and I fall in love with it all over again. I’ve read most of the novels that Ms. Gabaldon has penned, but none compare to Jamie and Claire’s story. And now it gets really exciting 🙂
Starz has picked up Outlander as a TV series. PSYCHED! Omg, so excited about this. I actually hoped they would do a series and not try to fit the book into one two-hour movie because it would not do it justice. Jamie has already been cast, and I am NOT disappointed in their choice; not that he’s just as I pictured Jamie, but because he is a perfect amalgam of the traits and features every reader of Outlander has envisioned.
Le sigh…I can’t wait. And I had to write about it. Every day I troll the ‘net looking for news on the series, and well…the news that Sam Heughan was officially cast as Jamie was the cherry topper to my day 🙂
They say that authors should write what you know, but when you write paranormal romances, it’s extremely hard to write what you know. If there is a woman out there in the world who was romanced by a vampire/werewolf/faerie/alien/god, then she really needs to step forward and let us know all the excellent details. That being said, the one thing that a writer of paranormal romance CAN write and know about is, location.
Granted, some writers create new worlds (thereby ruining my lesson. Bastards.) but for most of us, we are relegated to setting our stories in our home towns or places that we’ve visited. New Hampshire, although not my home state, is a state well-known to me- my sister has lived there for the past 20+ years, and I’ve visited often, so I knew the basic lay of the land. Hence why I set Eternity in New Hampshire. Plus, it just seemed like the kind of place a multi-millionaire vampire would hide his identity.
Choices, the novel I just had published, is set in Montana. A place that I have visited, and where my soul resides. Well. My soul resides in two other places in addition to Montana. Maybe I’m secretly Voldemort and don’t know it…no. That can’t be it, I actually have a nose and prefer to wear shoes in graveyards. Anyhow, I adore Montana. I’m spiritual, but not religious (sorry if I’m offending anyone!), but when you first get to Montana/Wyoming, you really can feel that there is a higher power at work-it’s just stunning.
Scotland is the other place that my soul resides. I think though, it’s a past life thing. I just *feel* that I belong there. No clue why. I’m not in any way, shape, or form Scottish- not even close! My family all hail from Italy (as if you couldn’t guess that!), so I can’t even fathom why I feel such an attachment to a place I’ve never even been to. I PLAN on going, but who knows when that’ll happen?
Tennessee is another place you will see my books being set. I lived there for a few years, and I miss it so much. I felt like I was home when I moved there, and it killed me to leave. I have two books that I am in the early stages of that will be set there, and whenever I work on them, I want to tell my husband to get over his fear of the country and just move there. But no, he wants to move to Portland, Maine. And I am OK with that. I AM. I love Maine too. Wow. I just need to become really rich so that I can live in four different places.