A Journey to Santa Cruz, California With Eileen Goudge

August 6, 2014 — 5 Comments

On this guest post, New York Times bestselling novelist, Eileen Goudge, shows us where she goes for inspiration, and takes us on a little journey around Santa Cruz, California, the setting for her new book, Bones and Roses.

Where do I go for inspiration? Where else but the beach? It’s where I get my best ideas. My writing career began here, in Santa Cruz, California, where I lived from the early 1970’s to 1983, when I moved to New York City to seek my fortune. I go back there for a month each year to write at my sister’s beach house. It was during a recent visit, while strolling along the shore, that I got the idea for my new Cypress Bay mystery series. The first book in the series, Bones and Roses, came out on August 5th, roughly a year since inspiration struck. My fictional town of Cypress Bay, California, is modeled after Santa Cruz, in fact.

What a year it’s been! I’ve been back to my hometown twice, both times with my trusty laptop to get in some serious writing time. Five of my author pals came for a long weekend in January of this year, and I confess I didn’t get any writing done those four days. Most of the time we sat around, drinking wine and gossiping, when we weren’t taking long walks on the beach or sightseeing. But mainly what I do when I’m at the beach is write, and when I’m not at my computer, woolgather to the sound of the surf.

The beach at Manresa State Park where I take my daily strolls.

Manresa State Park Beach Santa Cruz California


Beach Manresa State Park Santa Cruz California


The high cliffs at Manresa State Park act as buffer against storm surges. The views from cliff-top homes such as this one are killer.

Beach cliffs Manresa State Park Santa Cruz California


 And the heavens opened. This is what it looks like after a storm.

sunset Manresa State Park Santa Cruz California


 The view from the cliff top near “my” beach house.

Manresa State Park Beach sea California Santa Cruz


 My favorite breakfast spot, on the deck of the beach house.

chair Eileen Goudge Manresa State Park Santa Cruz


Nearby town of Capitola-by-the-Sea. A great place to shop, eat, or just stroll around and enjoy the scenery.

Capitola by the Sea Pier California


Pier Capitola by the Sea California


A worthy destination for a day trip, the town of Pescadero about an hour’s drive north up the coast, home of the world-famous Duarte’s Tavern. It’s known for its cream of artichoke soup, fresh local seafood, and olallieberry pie.

Duarte’s Tavern Pescadero California


The beach at Waddell Creek in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, en route to Pescadero.

Waddell Creek Big Basin Redwoods State Park California


One of my favorite things: picking lemons from the lemon tree in my sister’s backyard.

lemons Santa Cruz California Eileen Goudge


Where do you go for inspiration? Is there a special place that calls to you when you’re not there and speaks to you when you are?

New York Times bestselling novelist Eileen Goudge wrote her first mystery, Secret of the Mossy Cave, at the age of eleven, and went on to pen the perennially popular Garden of Lies, which was published in 22 languages around the world, and numerous other women’s fiction titles. Bones and Roses is the first book in her Cypress Bay Mysteries series. She lives in New York City with her husband, television film critic and entertainment reporter Sandy Kenyon.


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Author, Eileen Goudge, water, boat, dock

About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


5 responses to A Journey to Santa Cruz, California With Eileen Goudge

  1. Thank you for hosting me, Randall! I love sharing my favorite travel destination. Santa Cruz is that rare place where there’s always something to do but is conducive to doing nothing at all.

    • Thanks for writing the post, Eileen. I remember Santa Cruz well from a trip many years ago. It was in my golf playing days and we were lucky to play Pasatiempo Golf Course. I wish I had a little more time to relax and visit the beaches and state parks. I was in California many times within a few years but not recently. Would even welcome a visit to Disneyland right now. All the best with your new book! 🙂

  2. What a great post Eileen and Randall you’ve made it justice by formatting it with such exquisite flow. Great job to the both of you. A winning team.

    Meesh aka November Rain on Twitter. 🙂

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