Guest Author Scott Collins

Today my guest is author Scott Collins. Scott and I met on Facebook through mutual friends when he asked how we find books. He also hoped to find other avenues of exposure, so I gladly offered to have him visit with us here.

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Author Scott Collins

Scott is a Southern California native, (my husband was born in Van Nuys), but has moved to Denver,(we lived there for about a dozen years). He has two sons; (I also have two sons). It always amazes me as to how I can find things in common with others as soon as I begin conversing.

Let’s see what else some of us might have in common with Scott.

Welcome, Scott!

You chose Denver as the place to raise your sons. Denver is a great place for families; so many outdoor spaces available, the theater, museums, activities, etc. What are some of your family’s favorites?

Just about all of it. I’ve long since discarded the need to collect things. I want experiences. I love the theater. We’re members at DCPA. [Denver Center for the Performing Arts] We frequent the Museum of Nature and Science and are also members at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. I love to ride my bike, kayak, ski, and play ball with my boys. If it’s outside, chances are you can count me in.

What is a typical day for you?

Well, I still work full-time, so it’s up early to catch the train into Denver for work and then back home. I try to get some writing done while sitting on the train, but usually wind up reading instead. Once home, my kids keep me busy. Baseball, parkour, theater classes, etc keep me running them back and forth to their activities. Weekends are much of the same with some writing done either early before everyone else gets up, or late at night after the boys head to bed.

You started out with a novel for adults, but now write Middle Grade books, geared toward boys. I would think that many girls would also enjoy your series, but I applaud you. We have lamented the fact that more books seem to be geared toward girl readers than toward boys. Small wonder that many more boys lose interest in reading earlier than girls. I believe the gap is narrowing, with boys who read losing the ‘Nerd’ connotation, (indeed, “Nerd” itself is losing its negative overtone), but unfortunately, I see fewer older girls reading. Any thoughts?

Unfortunately, I think this has a lot to do with what’s popular at the time. When Twilight came out, I believe a lot of the teen female crowd was captured and engaged. Hunger Games was another with a strong female protagonist that attracted readers. I haven’t really seen or heard of another series, or book for that matter, that has drawn a following among young female readers since. I hope that I can cross over between the sexes and that Scepter will be a story that can be enjoyed by both sexes.

You started writing your books with your sons in mind; do you foresee your works growing in maturity levels (YA) as your sons also grow? What can we expect to see next from you?

Scepter will continue to mature along with my boys. As I close in on the end of the series, the story will become darker as the children close in on their final battle with King Argyle. Once this series is done, I’ll be transitioning back into the action/thriller genre. I’ve a book already in mind that needs to be written, and I don’t want to hold off on it too long.

So far I have only read “Scepter”, the first book of the Scepter Trilogy. Did you envision it as a series from the beginning?

I did. Once I went through the story in my head I realized I would either have a 3000 page MG Fantasy book, or that I’d need to split it up to make it more manageable. The children are on a quest for four stones at the end of book one. It made sense to split that journey into four additional books.

Kids easily read books if they can identify with the protagonists, and can dream of having adventures or attributes that the characters possess. How did you decide on the powers that you gave to each of the heroes?

Funny enough, it was by watching my kids play when they were younger. They’d race around the house or yard, chasing each other, a ball, a dog, or nothing at all. Or they’d crawl around barking, meowing, growling, and snapping their teeth. Of all the wonderful fun times we had playing, the two that stood out were the two they wound up having in the story.

The world you created is a mix of our world and another. The names of people and places are a meld of the common and uncommon. How did you arrive at your choices?

Ha! Good question. I’ve asked for input on my Facebook page for some, others are translations from a variety of languages that have very specific meanings or are symbolic, and a few are just random names that popped into my head that I thought had the right feel to it.

 

You also combine herbs associated with illnesses in our world with those in the world of the Scepter. What was your inspiration for this?

Well, it’s a fantasy world as you mentioned, with a bit of a blend into our world. I didn’t feel that having a Walgreens out in the middle of the prairie would keep my readers in the story, so how to treat illnesses? As it happened, I picked up a great book on herbal medicines at about the time I started writing Scepter, so it seemed a simple fix for the problem.

In the story’s world there are supernatural inhabitants common in human lore. Why did you add these particular creatures?

I love the supernatural and fantasy. I grew up reading Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and J.R.R. Tolkien among others. I picked my favorites to integrate into Scepter, where it made sense. Obviously I could add them all, and only some would fit into the plot line, so I had to make some tough choices. I’m happy with the results and hope my readers are as well. (And don’t you know that you must never eat food offered by fairies?!) Wait, what?!! Why? (You will be stuck in their realm forever.Just sayin’!)

Being the resident “Foodie” here, I had a laugh-out-loud moment when the centaurs served haggis and jugged rabbit! I have to ask you to explain these choices.

I was looking for something a bit more exotic than lemon peppered chicken with a side of broccoli. I remembered going to the Highland Games near my home a few years ago and having haggis. Repulsive stuff and not any better with the “Scottish Gravy” they added to it after my first bite. It got me thinking and searching the internet for another interesting dish to be served alongside it. Jugged hare was the result. I’m equally repulsed by the thought of it, though it may be absolutely delicious. In my experience, it’s better to try it and then ask what it is rather than finding out first and then having a preconceived notion of whether or not it’s gross.

Thank you so much for being with us, Scott! How can our readers find out more about your work?
https://www.facebook.com/Scott-L-Collins-112391803709/
https://www.scottlcollins.weebly.com

Thank you so much for having me. I thoroughly enjoyed answering your questions, as it was a trip down memory lane, reliving what got this story going in the first place. I hope everyone enjoys reading the series as much as I’ve enjoyed writing it. It’s a wonderful experience to escape into my own universe and pour my dreams out onto a page, and even better when someone takes the time to tell me thank you, that they enjoyed reading it. Happy Reading, all!!!

Thanks, Scott! See you on Facebook!

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Guest Fox Dana Romanin

Welcome to Dana

By Jeff Salter

Delighted to welcome my new colleague at Clean Reads – Dana Romanin – just a few days before her first YA novel is set for release. Dana, who had a birthday only yesterday, has been writing YA for quite a while and already has an agent.

I had only recently been introduced to Dana – at our C.R. author group – so I didn’t know much about her. Now, after reading her perceptive and witty replies to my questions, I feel I know Dana rather well.

You’ll read about her new novel shortly, but let’s first introduce Dana and then get to the interview questions.

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Author Bio:

Dana Romanin has dreamed of being a writer since she was a little girl pretending to be Anne Shirley (from Anne of Green Gables). She used to write under a forsythia bush, but now she writes in a messy office that she shares with her sewing obsessed daughter.

Dana’s short story, The Silence of Sand, was chosen for adaptation into a short video performed by the Blue Man Group. Dana has also published short fiction for teens in Encounter—The Magazine and had a short story published in a Family Fiction anthology, The Story 2014. Her first novel, Abby’s Letters, releases June 20, 2017.

She lives in a small town near the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia with her wonderful husband, three beautiful kids, and a lot of persnickety pets.

You can find her blog and awkward videos on her website www.DanaRomanin.com. She can also be found on Twitter — @DanaRomanin — https://twitter.com/DanaRomanin
— and her Facebook fan page: https://www.facebook.com/DanaRomaninAuthor/

Interview

JLS: You look too young to have three kids. When did you discover the fountain of youth, and can you send me a few bottles?
[ * Dana * ] Ha! Thank you so much! I always tell people that after they get to know me my “old” will show. For example, my selfie skills are severely lacking.

JLS: Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia? What’s the view from your favorite part of your house?
[ * Dana * ] I have a beautiful view of mountains from my front deck. I’m truly blessed.

JLS: What was your favorite aspect of high school? Your LEAST favorite?
[ * Dana * ] My favorite aspect of high school was laughing with my best friend so hard that I peed my pants. (Well, I guess the laughter part not the peeing.) My least favorite part was all the drama. I’m rolling my eyes now just thinking about it.

JLS: Did you go to college? Have you held any jobs other than the challenges of being wife, mom, homemaker, pet-tender, and author?
[ * Dana * ] I went to Virginia Tech. Go Hokies! I majored in Marketing Management and minored in Psychology. Before I became a stay-at-home mom I was a consultant and sales engineer. After my kids got older, I dove into writing. But I still have a part-time job with a real estate investment company that I do from home.

JLS: Why did you become an author?
[ * Dana * ] I became an author because I love to read, but it went beyond that. I found myself rewriting books in my head to how I wanted the story to go. Or I would continue the story in my imagination after I finished reading the book. After years of writing in my head, I decided it was time to create worlds of my own and actually put them on paper.

JLS: Your novel (Abby’s Letters) has a very interesting premise. How did you develop that story? Any particular inspiration?
[ * Dana * ] Well, it’s kind of morbid. But I’ve heard stories of bodies being found that could never be identified. They’d just be written off as John or Jane Doe and would be stored for months, even a year or longer. It was sad to think that someone could die and nobody know or care enough to claim them. Then I thought, unless there was a reason no one claimed them. Maybe they were protecting someone? And Abby’s Letters stemmed from there.

JLS: Sounds like you’re well on your way in publishing short fiction. What nudged you over to novel-length stories?
[ * Dana * ] I’ve always wanted to write novels. I wrote short fiction as a way to practice writing and to make a little extra money. But mainly I write short stories for fun. They’re quick and satisfying, unlike a novel which takes an excruciatingly long time to write!

JLS: Tell us how you “found” Clean Reads? Any special connections with any of the on-board authors?
[ * Dana * ] My agent, Cyle Young, is the one who found Clean Reads for me.

JLS: I gather most of what you’ve published has been Young Adult. If sales (money) and critics (reviews) were immaterial to you, what genre and length would you write?
[ * Dana * ] I’d still write young or new adult fiction no matter what. It’s what I love.

JLS: What is your favorite part of being a writer? (ie. plotting, editing, networking, creating and destroying lives)
[ * Dana * ] My favorite part of writing is creating my own world where I determine the fate of others. Wait. That made me sound like an egotistical maniac. Um…my favorite part of writing is drinking coffee and staying in my pajamas all day.

JLS: What is your least favorite part of being a writer?
[ * Dana * ] Selling. Ugh. I wish people would magically buy my book without me having to market, market, market.

JLS: Have you ever encountered people who seem unable / unwilling to comprehend that writing is something you are driven to do?
[ * Dana * ] Yes, I have. Fortunately, people that are close to me seem to understand. But I have met some people who after telling them I’m a writer, they nod and look at me like I just said I wanted to be a ballerina or professional boxer. I felt like I was seconds away from a pat on my head and a “that’s nice, dear.”

JLS: If you were not a writer, can you imagine what else you might do to express the creativity within you?
[ * Dana * ] Oh, perish the thought. I guess I’d paint. They’d be scratch-out-your-eyes horrible paintings though.

JLS: If you could be any character in a book, who would you be?
[ * Dana * ] Easy. Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables. She is full of life and passion. She expresses herself without an ounce of shame or fear. She has an appreciation for beauty and nature that encourages me to look for the beauty in my own life. And she has a nice nose. That’s always a plus.

JLS: Give us at least one example of someone who has contacted you and expressed how much your writing meant to them.
[ * Dana * ] I had a person from Germany leave a comment on my blog about how their pastor used one of my articles in his sermon. In Germany! I was so honored.

JLS: Do you have any quirks that you’d be willing to share with us?
[ * Dana * ] I have a tendency to talk to myself. Or more like mumble to myself. It can be embarrassing if people catch me at it. My kids though are used to it and don’t appear to be permanently scarred or anything…yet.

JLS: In the interviews & blog questions you’ve handled over the years, what is one writing question which you’ve WISHED had been asked of you… but never has been asked?
[ * Dana * ] That right there — the question you just asked. Just kidding. Um…what is your favorite saying?

JLS: What’s your ANSWER to that never-before-asked question?
[ * Dana * ] Don’t pee on my back and tell me it’s raining!

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Abby’s Letters Blurb:

For years, Jane’s mom told her horror stories about her time spent in foster care. Now she’s determined to keep her little sister from suffering the same fate.

Seventeen-year-old Jane Sanders has had to take care of her alcoholic mother and little sister, Abby, since her dad died seven years ago. And now Mom had to go and die too. Authorities determine it was a homeless transient who died in the fire of the old manufacturing plant, but Jane knows the truth.

There is no way she’s going to let Abby go into foster care which leaves her with one option—fake her mom’s life. As far as Abby knows, their mom is in rehab. And Jane wants to keep it that way. She’d be eighteen in a few months then she could become legal guardian to her sister. With the help of her best friend, Clark, it should be easy, right?

Juggling nosy neighbors, a concerned school counselor, and an oblivious new boyfriend turns out to be harder than Jane thought. But the real problem begins when Abby starts writing letters to Mom. Through Abby’s letters, Jane sees a different side to their mom—a side she could have loved. And loving Mom is something she didn’t plan on. Because loving somebody makes it harder to ignore their death.

 

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Guest author

I asked author Josie Riviera to stop by and tell us a little about her newest book, Oh Danny Boy.

 

Author info:

Josie Riviera is a USA TODAY Bestselling Author of contemporary, inspirational, and historical sweet romances that read like Hallmark movies. She lives in the Charlotte, NC, area with her wonderfully supportive husband. They share their home with an adorable Shih Tzu who constantly needs grooming and live in an old house forever needing renovations.

 

 

 

Here’s the blurb for Oh Danny Boy:

 

This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…

 

Grand. Just grand. Clara Donovan’s failure to keep her brother from going off the rails—again—is a public spectacle. Including a handsome stranger who puts down his guitar case to help her talk Seamus down from Farthing’s tallest bridge.

 

Everything about Danny Brady reminds Clara how many times she swore she’ll never again be that pathetic, weak woman who got taken in by a good-looking man. Especially when, the next day, she walks into a new coffee shop in her little Irish town and discovers Danny’s secret.

 

Danny didn’t lie—technically—about his coffee shop chain. He’s just tired of women going after him for his wealth Clara is a graceful, fiercely loyal, non-Irish Irish damsel in distress, a combination that tugs at his heart. A heart that’s spent its share of time in pieces.

 

Danny has never hesitated to go after what he wants, but melting Clara’s defenses will take more than hot tea an charm. He’ll have to prove he’s made of stronger stuff—even when her past threatens to tear her carefully reconstructed world to shreds.

 

Here’s the  Amazon link:

 

http://a.co/fl9Sj6E

 

Here’s the video link:

 

 

CHAPTER ONE

 

“Seamus, don’t jump!” Clara Donovan heard her own cries, the shouts resounding through the misty night air. She raced across the sidewalk toward Farthing Bridge, her gaze riveted on a horror she didn’t want to believe. Her older brother Seamus sat on the edge of a tall bridge with his head slumped in his hands, a bottle of whiskey beside him. The arched stone bridge spanned the River Farthing, connecting the town to a once-popular marketplace.

No. It couldn’t be. Her breath burned in her chest as she took in gulps of dampness and drizzle. Don’t stop. Run faster.

When she reached the bridge, she elbowed through a group of late-night revelers. Several pointed up at Seamus. “He’s off the rails!” someone shouted.

Her brother seemed unaware of the gathering crowd. He swung his legs back and forth like an underwound metronome and stared into the ice-cold river below.

She shook off the image of him on her living room floor several days earlier. He’d been passed out drunk. Should she have phoned a treatment center? No. She could fix her brother’s problems. He simply needed encouragement, surrounded by his loving, supportive family.

Seamus. Gentle Seamus. Kind and fiery-haired, quick to temper, quicker to make amends. Her heart squeezed at the scruffy, dejected man he’d become since his wife had died.

Clara put her hands on her knees and took in calm, even breaths. Quickly, she assessed the corroded pedestrian catwalk leading to the top of the bridge, the skull and crossbones sign that warned Danger.

She stared upward at her sweet brother. “Dear saints in heaven, Seamus,” she whispered. “You promised me that you’d never drink again.”

She stuffed her wool gloves into her jacket pockets and bent to lace her weatherproof boots tighter. There was no time to dash around the river to the street that crossed the bridge, and she certainly wouldn’t ask anyone in the crowd to lend a hand.

She yanked off the “Danger” sign and threw it to the ground. That pressing feeling in her chest, like she was running out of air, slowed her movements. Dragging in another breath, she grasped the slippery wet handrails and stepped onto the bottom rung of the catwalk.

“Missus, are you trained for this?” a man from the crowd inquired.

She glanced around. The man stood a hairsbreadth away. He was tall with piercing blue eyes and carried a guitar case. His dark brown hair had a reddish tinge and his navy wool jacket strained against his athletic form.

 

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Guest Author: Virginia Hebert and A Season of Deceptions

Long ago, while I was working on The Samurai’s Garden, I was part of a small critique group that met at my home. One of the ladies who came was Virginia Hebert, who’s a fellow member of the Grand Rapids Region Writers Group. Until a few years ago, Virginia was a high school French teacher, and her book was a fascinating tale set at the beginning of the French revolution. I wondered about how she was able to paint the scenes so vividly and discovered that she traveled to France every other year with her students! I was fortunate enough to tag along on one of those trips.

A Season of Deceptions, published by Resplendence publishing, released last fall, so I asked Virginia to tell us about her inspiration for the book.

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Virginia HebertI’m not sure what it is, perhaps a past life, but ever since I was little, I’ve been fascinated with foreign languages, castles, and sparkly jewels. It’s only natural then that I found my career teaching French and traveling with my students throughout Europe. I found the old stone architecture as well as the half-timbered houses and stores beautiful and enticing. Narrow streets winding through villages or massive formal gardens on castle grounds set my imagination reeling. I loved the history and wondered what it would be like to have lived in those places so many years ago.

I didn’t start writing until fairly recently, well, eight or so years ago. Before that, when I was in high school and college, I dreaded the thought of having to write a term paper or any assignment of more than half a page. It wasn’t until I saw the movie, Phantom of the Opera, that I considered creating a story. I had several friends that were fans of the story too. I know, kind of crazy that that’s what would get me started, but we all wanted more of the story. So, I wrote twenty-six chapters for us… just for us. I was so captivated by the process of creating and directing the lives of the characters that in spite of having to teach the next day, I would work into the wee hours of the morning or rise at four a.m. I enjoyed writing so much I decided to write a story that was totally my own and, of course, have it published.

And so it happened, but ever so slowly. As I taught about the history of France and the French Revolution, I thought about the differences in the classes, the haves and have-nots. Each group suffered during that turbulent time, but of course, in different ways. I figured it would be good to have them get acquainted and the story started to come together. Sometimes the characters would change a scene on me, and I’d have to rewrite a portion of it. I didn’t work on it as diligently as I had my fanfic and would sometimes leave it for a few months at a time as work, family, and life in general took over. But eventually, several years after starting it, it was done.

I love my story, A Season of Deceptions, and am finding that many others do too. I currently have a handful of partially written novels and now need to get back to work.

Thank you, Patty, for featuring me on your amazing blog. I enjoyed being here.

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A Season of Deceptions is available at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and at Resplendence Publishing.

Virginia is still working on her internet presence.

 

Season of DeceptionsBlurb for A Season of Deceptions:

Trust no one!

Catherine Laval pays little mind to the rumors of an impending revolution circulating among her father’s aristocratic friends during the social season of 1788. She’s far more concerned with the latest fashions, gossip and securing a suitably wealthy husband. However the innocent flirtations and coy deceptions of her entitled lifestyle turn deadly one tragic evening at her family’s estate.

Disguised in a humble dress belonging to one of the servants, Catherine is forced to flee from the only life she’s known. Calling herself Colette, she lives among the French common people, where her eyes and heart are opened to the social injustices and suffering of the poor in her country. The experience convinces her that her life can never be the same.

But now, her secrets and lies may cost her the love of the man who’s captured her heart. She longs to reveal everything to him, but is Catherine herself the victim of the biggest deception of all?

 

 

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I’d Land on an Island

This week we were asked:

If you had an unlimited amount of funds and time to visit any place in the world to do research for a book, where would you go? Do you have a project in mind?

Absolutely!

Most of you may  know that I got this gig as the Friday Fox from the founding Fox, Jillian Chantel. Bless her heart, I think she liked the way I came in and commented all the time! I had poetry and non-fiction articles published, I won a very nice award for song lyrics, but, even though this blog began as a group of romance writers, I was not sure I could do a romance.

 

That was until Jillian posted a photo which she had taken on a trip to the Caribbean and as soon as I saw it, a story came flooding into my head.  A short time after that, another former Fox, (Micki Gibson), got me involved with a writing challenge. I used it to get started on the photo-inspired story and I won, but I have still not gotten all of the novel down in type.

I still “write” this story in my head and I make notes. I am glad that I have taken so long because I know that the things which I have since thought of adding, (or omitting), are better for the story.

Since the story came to be from a Caribbean wall, that is where the story is based. However, I have regrettably never been to the Islands.

I love the ocean! Although I have been living landlocked for far too long, I can describing it is not a problem.

(And I saw it last summer again. It hadn’t changed!)
I have a friend whose family once owned a large portion of a resort island in the Caribbean, (and still has a piece of it), and so I based much of the two small islands in the story on parts of it. The incredible amount of beautiful, clear, digital photos from her and the Internet have given me comprehensive ideas of the terrain on ‘my’ islands, plus, I have seen her family’s personal videos of the place. It is almost as good as being there…ALMOST.

I know food, and have done some research on the foods of the different sections of the Caribbean.  Not that I want it to be a big ‘foodie’ story, despite some people’s advice that I make it one.

However much information I have, I would LOVE to go to the Caribbean and  experience the Islands  firsthand.

I would really, really, really love to.

Would I go with no time or monetary restraints?

Darn tootin’!
Even with some!

Now, if only, along with the time and money that I needn’t worry about, I’d have “unlimited energy”.

Anyone care to join me on my would-be fact-finding excursion to St Barth’s?

[BTW: Do you know anything about large sailboats, or know someone I can ask about them? That is the only place where I really need more information and am having a bit of trouble finding it. I don’t want to fake ideas; I have complained about too many other writers not doing their research and I want my characters to be on a fair-sized, old sailing vessel.]

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Where Would I Go?

And Why Would I Be There?

By Jeff Salter

Our Wednesday Fox posed these questions as our weekly topic:

  1. If you had an unlimited amount of funds and time to visit any place in the world to do research for a book… where would you go?
  2. Do you have a project in mind?

I’m not certain I can explain WHY, but I seem to have always possessed an affinity for the history, culture, and literature of England… therefore, surely the top of my “to visit” list would be the major spots within and among the British Isles.

I would NOT want to rush my trip but I would not want to be there during the colder months, either. So the timing would have to be just right. I’d want to travel at my own speed, but not have to drive — so I’d want a knowledgeable guide, who was also able to keep his/her mouth shut (most of the time) so I could contemplatively enjoy the sites and scenery without a lot of jabbering.

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But do I have a particular writing project already in mind for any location within the British Isles?

Not yet… but I’ll bet I could come up with one in a hurry, if informed of these unlimited funds and time to travel there. At the very least, I could take one of the 140 or so concepts or story “starts” I already have and relocate the setting to somewhere over yonder. [Yeah, you can do that. If you don’t believe me, just recall all those British TV shows which were re-populated with American characters and re-located to some place in the U.S.]

But, knowing me and how story ideas pop into my head, I’m betting a few days along in this leisurely tour… and I’d have the first of several ideas for stories to be set there.

Now, where do I go for this fantastic gift of money and time?

Question

Where would YOU like to visit for research about a story you’re writing?

[JLS # 334]

 

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Ireland Calls

If I had an unlimited fund and could travel anywhere to do research for a story I would go to Ireland.

There are a few stories that I have ideas for which are set in Ireland but I really would love to surround myself in the culture. I would like to take my kids and relocate to Ireland for a year. Then I could really experience Ireland.

I spend hours on Pinterest looking through photographs, recipes, clothes, slang, traditions, and more. Celtic music is constantly being played (I’ve always had a passion for it) and dance lessons via DVD have been purchased. However, even with all of that I feel I am missing out on a huge part that can’t be captured on screen.

Both of my projects do not have titles yet (I find it difficult to title a book unless it is finished) the first project is about a widowed mothr with a young child. The boy’s dad had left family wealth behind in Ireland because his father hadn’t approved of the woman he loved.  He dies leaving his young wife and son behind. One day his father decides he wants to know his grandson and requests that they come to Ireland. After some inner struggle the young mother decides it is best for her child to get to know his father’s family so they leave America for Ireland.

 

The second is more if a fantasy set in Ireland so there would be more leniency but I still want to get the correct feel.

 

Is there someplace you want to visit because of a book setting? Or a place you’d like to visit so you could research for your own work?

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