Do you have a place that you’ve been eager to travel to, ever since you were young? Have you made that journey yet?My place is Scotland. This year, for the first time, I finally got to make an extended visit. It was more inspiring than I’d dreamed.
First, some background about my desire: I grew up hearing stories from my grandmother about her Scottish ancestors--her mother’s people by way of the Highland Clearances, from the Hebrides to Cape Breton Island, Canada; and her paternal grandmother by way of Glasgow to Providence, Rhode Island, to work in the cotton mills. My grandmother showed me romantic nineteenth-century photos of distant cousins wearing kilts. She had portraits in the attic, and a ceremonial sword which only fueled my romantic imagination further, especially when my ballet teacher required us to learn the Highland Fling and the Sword Dance for our yearly recital.
(Yes, I still have my tartan skirt, and I still remember the dance moves. I also brake for bagpipes.)
|A bagpiper beside Loch Ness|
|Standing Stones near Culloden Battlefield|
So when it came time to create proposals for my future Superromance books, I had the idea for a story with an American heroine and a Scottish hero. The two meet in her hometown in Vermont, and after his family's business takes over her town’s shampoo/body products factory, she follows him to Edinburgh, determined to get her town's jobs back.
|Driving to Inverness (on the "wrong" side!)|
Thanks for reading! And I'm curious: Do you have a “dream trip” that you’ve been longing or planning for? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. As a thank you, I’d like to give away a few books from my backlist. From the comments to this post, I’ll randomly select winners. Have a great week!