“Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” -Dr. Seuss

normalwvviewI live in the mountains. Actually, I live in a valley surrounded by mountains and when I was a little girl I imagined that living in a bowl would be exactly the same.

As I’ve grown older, I’ve realized that some of the sights I see every day–endless trees bursting with color, gurgling streams where rocks jut out to create the perfect sleepy fishing hole, fluttering snowflakes that settle inches thick to blanket my part of the world–are things people spend money to vacation to see.

Of course, most of us don’t appreciate what we have and long for that which is far away and exotic. I have found those places in books all my life.

The bustle of a New York city street, munching croissants in a street cafe in Paris, sloshing through the constant rain on a busy London sidewalk. I’ve been all these places and more. An Irish pub, an Italian villa, a Bahamian beach bungalow.

The thing is, it didn’t quench my desire to see these places. It only made me want more. I set the first novel I wrote in a city, a big one, and struggled to write it because I knew nothing about living in a big city. I did throw in a visit to a small town, which I think is one of the highlights of the story. I’ve since realized to write what I know; I can tell you everything about small town life. I suppose there are people out there that long to read about the simplicity and connection that comes with living in a small town.

I have hopes of being able to take some “research” trips one day. Tell me about your favorite books where the setting stood out as much as the characters.

(My first recommendation? Anything by Nora Roberts set in Ireland. Seriously, wow.)

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About Lori Sizemore

Lover of nail polish, pens, her Kindle, and fresh coffee. She likes romance filled with messy, real characters and lots of snarky banter. Reading was (and still is!) her BFF; when she discovered writing she fell in love. Come for the snark. Stay for the story.

4 Responses to “Oh, the Places You’ll Go.” -Dr. Seuss

  1. Jennifer Shirk says:

    YEs! I remember reading my first Nora set in Ireland. Made me feel like I was there and so still want to actually visit.

  2. Nina Croft says:

    I actually love books set in Scotland – The Karen Marie Moning, Highlander, series comes to mind. And the Dianne Gabaldon books, and Ian Rankin’s Inspector Rebus books and …

  3. I’m a sucker for books set in small towns and tight knit communities. Maybe it’s because I grew up in a small town, and it brings back great memories.

  4. I think we all tend to take for granted the things around we see everyday. I live on Long Island, surrounded by sandy beaches…never more than a half hour drive from anywhere…all year long. Yet, I don’t see it for the wonder it holds. I love it when a story can take me somewhere I’ve never been and would love to go.

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