A list of places (in no particular order) that I love, that have served as the setting for many of my books. (You knew Florida would be on there, right?) Florida has been a constant source of inspiration for me, and I've plotted whole books while strolling along the water's edge.
There's something so relaxing, so timeless about the ocean that I can sit and stare at it for hours. My favorite spot is the balcony of the Ft. Lauderdale condo. It's quiet and secluded and in the early morning hours I can pretend I'm on an island, all by myself.
Florida is interesting because besides the beach (which is enchanting!) there's also a big city vibe. South Beach, in particular, is fascinating to me because of the energy, the vitality, the blend of cultures. And the general "glitziness" of the place.
All those Art Deco neon hotels are fascinating from an architectural point of view...
Key West has a different vibe, very arty, home to artist and writers.
There's something remote and wonderful about it. I draw inspiration every time I go there. Key West is pure relaxation, as you can see from the slogan below.
Savannah is a totally different vibe and I chose it for my Dream Club series. Beautiful, historic, mysterious, with dozens of parks. Forsythe is one of my favorites.
How about you? Do you have a place that gets your creative juices going, that inspires you? It might be half way across the world or it might be as close as your own backyard.