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.
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.
And the heavens opened. This is what it looks like after a storm.
The view from the cliff top near “my” beach house.
My favorite breakfast spot, on the deck of the beach house.
Nearby town of Capitola-by-the-Sea. A great place to shop, eat, or just stroll around and enjoy the scenery.
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.
The beach at Waddell Creek in Big Basin Redwoods State Park, en route to Pescadero.
One of my favorite things: picking lemons from the lemon tree in my sister’s backyard.
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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