Have any of you ever traveled to our great 49th state? As I sit at my desk this morning pouring through research for my latest book, I find that I'm falling in love with Alaska. Like, honestly...head-over-heels!
As an Innkeeper of a Bed and Breakfast, it can sometimes be a bit of a trick to get away from the resort for any real length of time, so traveling very far is usually out of the question without a full-blown task force on standby...lol. But in my career as an author, I have found that traveling through research is the perfect way to see the world without ever actually leaving my own little corner of it.
When I'm working on a book, my ultimate goal is for the reader to feel completely and utterly immersed in the world of the story. I want them to feel as if they are woven into its very fabric. I want them to experience everything the characters do. What the characters see, what they hear, taste, smell, how they feel. And so, as a result, while I work to create that environment, I myself, have to dig deep into the history of each location where a story takes place. I study its geography, learn about its community. What life is like there. It truly is a journey. And through my travels on this latest book, I've come to know (and love) the tiny town of Sitka, Alaska. Wow. What an amazing place. From Sitka's wild and challenging, (but mind-blowingly gorgeous) landscape, to its tight-knit, unwavering sense of community, of family. Each day I find myself falling a little more in love with this magical place as my story unfolds there.
Want to join me on the journey? Dark Harbor is set to release next summer...