If you could travel anywhere through time and space, where would you go?
I’m absolutely loving the research for my current manuscript, “Storm Road”. The Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina are drop dead gorgeous. I use Google Maps and travel north from Asheville, just ambling around digitally and looking at things. Although the town of Hot Springs won’t be in the book, I’d love to visit it in real life. Real life is even stranger than anything I could dream up. There are legends of Moon-eyed People in the region and gorgeous wildlife.
Unrelated to my writing, I’d really love to visit Poland and every single one of its castles. My mum’s side of the family are Polish. Granted we were more likely to be the serfs digging in the field or building the castle walls than swanking around in fine clothes inside, but I’d still love to visit. While I was there, I’d love to beachcomb for amber.
With Fantastical Island out in less than a month, and with it being summer here, I’m in quite a beach-y frame of mind. Blue skies and sea, white sand, dry dune grass. As much as I love to dream of other places, home looks beautiful, too. Plus, Perth, Australia, has a similar climate to California — not that we have the bison of Catalina Island (which is where Fantastical Island is set). I feel like visiting California would be a bit like coming home.
Travel Books in Kindle Unlimited
I haven’t read these yet – so this list is as much for me as for you. A good travel book is wonderful. Do you have a favourite, or even a favourite travel author?
AWOL on the Appalachian Trail, David Miller
Kamikaze Kangaroos, Tony James Slater
Things Can Only Get Feta, Marjory McGinn
The Journey in Between, Keith Foskett
At the Captain’s Table, Hugh Thomson
Ashley’s Amish Adventures, Ashley Emma
I really don’t like time travel books. It’s a personal quirk that I can’t explain. But if you could visit any era, which would it be, and would you travel the globe or stay in one place?
I think that if I did have one chance at visiting the past, I’d stay in Australia. I would like to live here as people did before Europeans and their ideas arrived. I read Bill Gammage’s excellent book, The Biggest Estate on Earth, and it helped me to see my Australian home differently, to read the landscape differently. I started to overlay my memories with imagining how the land may have looked before European style houses and farms claimed it.
So if I could time travel, I would stay where I am, but peek into the lives, the world view, of those who lived here and loved this place before me.
PS Have you ever eaten youlks? I haven’t.
It’s been a month since Phoenix Blood released. It’s still 99c (or free to borrow in Kindle Unlimited) and it’s gaining some heart-warming reviews. I’m so relieved that Marcus, my wounded hero, works as a character. He’s strong. He survived his trials of fire and agony, but he’s also truly able to love. I’m so proud to have written this guy. As for Sadie – she is his perfect match.