In my younger years, I was a bit of a gypsy. I loved it. I took my first trip from California to Colorado by myself when I was thirteen. Cross country by train is a great way to travel, and I loved every bit of it. I traveled to Arizona on my own. Honduras. Mexico. Washington D.C. for a school trip. Across the continental United States in the back of a station wagon and up to Northern California many, many times, all before the age of eighteen. When it was time to go to school? Well, going half-way across the country to Texas didn’t seem like it was that big a leap.
During college and immediately after I traveled to Greece and the Middle East. I did the backpacking thing through Europe for several months. Half of that trip was with a close friend, and then we parted ways and went our own directions. She stayed in Italy, I traveled farther west.
Looking back, I imagine I drove my parents crazy. They never knew what country I was going to be in from one week to the next. But, I was a pretty confident young woman and a lot of that was because of the trust they put in me. Long story short, I love to travel. I love to travel on my own. But when you’re a married mother of an almost-seven-year-old ninja, that just doesn’t happen all too often.
So, I’ve been thinking about vacations. About travel and stretching my legs. I’ve been getting itchy feet, readers, but unfortunately I’m fairly planted at the moment. That’s probably one of the reasons that my characters travel far and wide. I get to live vicariously through them. And I hope you enjoy their adventures, too. That was always one of my favorite things about reading; it’s the cheapest vacation around!
You’ve probably guessed by the first chapter of A Fall of Water that much of the action (but not all!) will take place in Rome, which is a city I absolutely adore. If you’ve never been, make it a point to go; the energy is incomparable.
So, here’s your next teaser for Book Four. A little snippet from March. And tell me, imaginary or not, where’d you like your next vacation to be?
Thanks for reading,