Thanks, Cyndi for tossing up my recipe for the morning until I got home and could get my post going.
On to business. Characters having all the fun. I don’t know about other writers, but when I can’t do something but I want to, I dump off this surely awesome thing on my characters. The heroines from The Roughnecks, for example happened to get all the pie I can’t have while on my diet. Chocolate, lemon, pecan. Doesn’t matter. If it’s unhealthy, loaded with sugar and carbs, they get it.
Lucky for them, they happen to be decently athletic. I mean, pouring up that sangria on the weekends burns calories, right? (Sangria because I’ve never had it and want to fix it this summer.) Anyway, they get to have their pie and keep their figures too. This is pretty much the perfect world for me.
Another set of characters, poor things. I was really craving cupcakes and cookies. Yep, she likes to bake. I think you’re beginning to see a common theme with me and my characters. When I want something to eat I can’t have, they get it. But what about other things?
Take Jill Shalvis’s Instant series. Set around a lodge where there is hiking in the summer, skiing and loads of fun in the winter. If I knew anything about those things, I would be all over that kind of idea because my checkbook says I can’t spend a week at a ski lodge. Was Jill missing the slopes that year or was she kicked back in a room. We’ll never know. Unless she happens to drop by…I guess.
Christie Ridgeway’s knitting series? Stores on the beach. Cute knitting things. Sunny southern California. Oh yeah. Again, if I knew anything about sunny, southern California, I would have characters all over this setting too.
Our Liz Talley here at the blog has a series of stories set in little old Oak Stand, Texas. One of her heroine’s cooks naked under an apron. Well, Liz? Down to the mat and explain that one in relation to your life. :)
I’m heading to Pensacola Beach this weekend for the Silken Sands Conference. My first time at Pensacola when I’m old enough to remember…and old enough to remember it to want to go back! I won’t be surprised if I have a set of characters who live there on the beach. What’s a better reason than that to go back there?
What’s a book you’ve read where the setting was so good or the food so good or something that happened was so good that you wanted to try it?