Hello and welcome to this week’s hop. We are so glad you’re here! The challenge this time comes from the incredible Brenda Margriet:
Do you like to travel? If so, do you have a favorite place? Also – do you incorporate places you’ve visited into your novels.
I used to love to travel. In fact, I was a gypsy. I have lived in twelve states and visited many more. I have been to Mexico and Europe and the Caribbean. I loved each and every one for different reasons, but mostly how welcoming people are in most places in the world. Especially if you try to speak their language and adapt to their customs.
The settings in my books definitely reflect where I have been and what I have experienced there. Sometimes, the locations are a compilation of actual experience and research. But traveling, whether in real life, or in my imagination, is always exciting. Actually, my latest book is set right here where I live.
A year ago, we moved to Florida and it is pretty perfect here. Oh, a little hot and muggy in the summer, but overall, wonderful. And so I find I am more of a homebody these days. I wake up and look out onto the canal which runs behind my house and there is such peace. And so many kinds of creatures: alligators, ibis, herons, turtles — the list goes on and it’s wonderful to watch (and no, the alligators luckily can’t get past our sea wall).
One of these days, I imagine I’ll get the wanderlust again, but until then, as Dorothy said in “The Wizard of Oz” —‘there’s no place like home’.
Now let’s pop over to the fabulous Brenda Margriet and hear about her travels…