Sunday, March 08, 2015

A Little Something for the Weekend - Research Trips

We're delighted to welcome Maureen Child to the Pink Heart Society, to talk about the all important research trip...

One of the best things about being a writer is the research trips! Not that I need an excuse to travel—love road trips, don’t love flying but I do love being new places. Or even, familiar ones that I look at in a new way.

I was born and raised in Southern California, so when I write a book set in Orange County, I can describe everything about the beaches, the traffic, the restaurants. But setting a book somewhere else is a little trickier. You want to give your reader a real sense of visiting the site of your story. Like most writers, I do a lot of my research online now. It’s quick, it’s easy and hey, pictures! But nothing beats going there in person. 

One of my favorite places to visit is Ireland. I’ve been there many times and every time, it feels like coming home. The countryside is incredibly beautiful, the villages are colorful and the people are warm and friendly. Plus, I do love a good pub.

I’ve set many of my books in Ireland, always in one of the counties where I’ve stayed. Hopefully, I’ve managed to capture the heart of the country and the people in my descriptions. Since I’m Irish myself, it’s important to me to showcase that fabulous country in just the right way.

And taking a road trip in Ireland is just another adventure. Where else can you be forced to stop your car and wait while a farmer’s wife chases her runaway cow back home? Or where sheep leap off craggy rocks into the road in front of you? Where else can you find castle ruins that feed your imagination and tempt you to wander into the past, if only in your dreams?

I was raised on Irish folk tales, and learned early that according to my Dad, “There are only two kinds of people—the Irish and those who wish they were”. I listened to tales of banshees and pookas and the last hereditary High King, Brian Boru. 

We learned all about the Republic of Ireland’s fight for independence and we celebrated St. Patrick’s day like everyone else in the family—corned beef and cabbage. No green beer and never ever wish someone a Happy St. Patty’s day. (It’s Paddy as any Irishman can tell you).

In one of my upcoming books, Having Her Boss's Baby, the heroine is Irish and I set the story near Lough Mask where we stayed last. There’s a fifteenth century castle, a grumpy hero and a heroine who makes him rethink his entire life. 

Where’s your favorite place to visit? What’s your dream vacation? Tell me all about it...let’s talk.

Maureen's latest book is After Hours With Her Ex, available now:

After two long years, Sam Wyatt is home. He has big plans for his family's ski resort. But first he must face those he left behind—including the ex-wife he has never forgotten.

Lacy Sills Wyatt has barely recovered from Sam's desertion. Now he's her boss! How can she work with him every day? And how can she keep from falling for him all over again? The answer is: she can't. But when Lacy learns Sam has ulterior motives for rekindling their romance, she's not sure she can forgive him…not even with an unexpected pregnancy to consider!

You can find out more about Maureen Child on her website, and by following her on Twitter and Facebook.

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