Know what my favourite part of being a writer is (aside from being able to work in my pajamas, that is): Research. Primary research, in particular. And when you’re conducting some primary research on your setting, what else are you supposed to do but get on a plane and visit the place you’re going to be writing about?
Best thing about this village? Everything is pretty much within walking distance, which really helped me out because I chose not to rent a car while I was there.
So I spent five days wandering around, exploring this idyllic little town, trying to picture my hero, Cash McCoy, in Coronado and figure out what I wanted him to be doing.
The second I walked on the beach, I pictured my hot, hunky Navy man working out on this sand. Jogging, swimming, doing all that fun manly stuff that would make all the female tourists drool if they had the luxury of watching him. I also got a chance to walk down to the Navy base, which was pretty darn cool, and really helped me get a better sense of the setting.
Next thing on the agenda was finding a bar for Cash and his buddies to frequent. My favourite place in Coronado? McP’s. I met so many fun (and knowledgeable) military characters there, and the navy paraphernalia all over the place was downright inspiring.
When I’m on vacation (and by myself, to boot), I don’t like walking around or going to bars/restaurants alone, but on this research trip, I did both those things.
The streets of Coronado were so quaint and pretty that I was out walking every day, exploring every inch of the town. I think I went into every shop, restaurant, and bar I saw. I also think a lot of the townsfolk thought I was kinda weird—in their defense, I was this strange Canadian chick who strode up to them and initiated random conversations. Yes, my parents warned me about stranger danger, but I like meeting new people, okay? Don’t judge me!
In the morning, I’d sit out on a patio, eat a yummy breakfast, and plot out what I was going to do with Cash McCoy. I pretty much plotted all of Feeling Hot in Coronado, while also working on edits for my romantic suspense release, Midnight Rescue. So yes, it definitely was a working vacation, but who wouldn’t want to work in such a beautiful place?
All in all, I got a lot of good material during this trip. Information about the SEALs, military life, the general setting, and I took a ton of pictures that I could use as references when I got home. When I wrote Feeling Hot, I was able to really know the setting, because I’d already experienced it.
Anyway, that’s just a little glimpse into my latest research trip. Hope you enjoyed it!
And to celebrate the August release of FEELING HOT (Out of Uniform #7), I’ll be giving away a copy of HOT AND BOTHERED, a print anthology that features the first three Out of Uniform stories.
All you have to do is give me some recommendations about where I should set future books. So, what’s your favourite place on earth and why? One commenter will win a copy of Hot and Bothered, so be sure to leave a comment!
And thanks to the amazing Pink Heart Society for letting me ramble on about my vacation today J ---Elle
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