Between my old “day job” and my inherited wanderlust feet, I’ve done a great deal of traveling–and can’t wait to get out and do some more! Travel gives me a broader perspective and helps me come up with new ideas for plots and characters for my romance novels.
Travel doesn’t have to be far. My husband and I took a walk a few weeks ago and I snapped this photo on the Bitterroot River. A romance novel could evolve from this picture. Or a romantic suspense. What if the fisherman found a dead body? Or a woman crying by the river? What happens then?
Or maybe he’s the villain in the piece? Let your imagination run wild. I know I will. Once I’m done with my California Romance series, I know I’m thinking about a series set in my home state of Montana. I’m just not sure where exactly to place it.
A traveler could break down near this hardscrabble ranch on Montana’s Eastern Front. Will she find welcome or danger? Maybe she could help the son bring the ranch back to life and discover love in the process.
A grizzly bear paw print definitely leads to romantic suspense. For the man or woman? What if its a woman and her child and the rescuer is a forest ranger? Or a nerdy scientist from the University of Montana? So many possibilities…
Make sure you always have a good book when you travel, as well as lots of paper to make notes and a camera. Take some time to stop and see, really see, the amazing world around us.
As writers, we hope to evoke the world around us or invent worlds of our own for you to visit for a while.
One of my favorite places is Glacier National Park. Sooner or later I know I’ll have a story that takes place in that craggy country. There are plenty of animals to invite into my stories, including the bull moose in the lake to the left.