Well, that line has always made me laugh, and that's because I grew up there in a very small town called Ladysmith.
Like most small towns, Ladysmith is a lot like Cheers, a place where everyone knows your name, whether you like it or not. And when you bump into the same people day after day in a city where little, if anything, ever changes, you can't help wanting a little escape from time to time—especially when you're a creative type in training.As long as I can remember, I've loved to read and write, and a good book always cured my insatiable travel bug. Whether it was a voyage to the seemingly otherworldly Pemberly thanks to Jane Austen or a road trip to the mean streets of New York City where Peter, Fudge and even Sheila the Great lived in Judy Blume's Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, I always found myself enthralled by places that were far, far away. And in the absence of many opportunities to leave Ladysmith, I was able to do just that whenever I visited the local library.
So as much as I've loved exploring strange new worlds whenever I've hopped on a plane for work, fun or a bit of both, it's really no surprise that I had trouble settling on just one location for my own novels. Capitalizing on my own wanderlust, I thought the best way to give my readers many, many exciting glimpses of places exotic and otherwise was to make my protagonist, the fair Sydney Alexander, a travel writer.
One of the many joys of writing novels is getting to invent a character's dream job, which is exactly what I did with Sydney. Whether she was sussing up the best places to eat in Belize or wandering around the hallowed haunts of London, I was able to live vicariously through what she was experiencing—and I loved every minute of it.
Now it's your turn. Like the Muppets who "traveled by map," what's been your favorite travel escape via novel and why? Leave a comment here, and you may be the winner of a very cool prize...namely, a $20.00 Starbucks gift card to satisfy your latte cravings along with a copy of one of my books...the real thing or an e-copy. And if you want a shot at even more prizes, be sure to check out the blogs from all the illustrious writers below.
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