First of all, thanks Marlow for having me as your guest. I’m so glad to stop by and share a little bit of my own history with you and your readers.
As you know from my bio, I’ve lived in the UK, Canada and the US, but I’ve also lived in Italy as well. And as any author will attest to, we take a piece of everyplace we’ve ever been with us and it seeps into our writing. Sometimes subtly — sometimes not so subtly.
My personal experiences always play a role in the settings I chose for my books. Naturally, I am prone to write books set places I know well. This would be London, as I spent my time growing up there and think it offers such fabulous landmarks, architecture, moody weather and a sense of tradition that is perfect for the juxtaposition of erotic romance. Cockpit, my next upcoming release, is set in London and it was a complete joy to write.
I often write about the many cities in the US that I have lived or spent time in, from large to small, from D.C to Coronado, from the USVI to Beverly Hills, from Miami to Montecito. Sometimes it is the small out of the way towns that make the most interesting settings for books, I think. I have yet to pen a book set in Canada, but I am sure one will be coming soon, amidst the rich settings of Banff nestled in the Rocky Mountains and the cosmopolitan gem of Vancouver are both beckoning.
Readers who follow my work will know of my unrestrained love of Italy. Venice is one of my favorite cities and one I have spent much time in as, well as Florence. But what they might not know is that I spent time living in Italy, in an exquisite town on the Amalfi Coast. References to my time in Positano are throughout my writing, whether the book is set there or not.
Setting is essential to me, it’s the inspiration for any new book and it is the first thing that usually takes shape in my mind before I launch into dreaming up the characters and plotline. Even Sail Away With Me is based on my love of cruising and the time I’ve spent in the Caribbean. Same goes one of newly finished books, Bimini Bound, set in the Bahamas and the time I spent sailing there.
So, for me, where I have lived and traveled is a cornerstone of my writing. Good thing I’m not a science fiction author, Lol!
I’d love to hear from you and your readers where they would love to set a book.
A VIXEN IN VENICE