Clear dry high desert air, canyons, cactus, cowboys and casinos and 360 degree mountain views mix that with Frontier fantasy and Wild West ghost towns--the open spaces of Arizona opened up a mountain of creativity for me. Before Arizona, as a librarian, I only wrote bibliographies and computer manuals.
Like many Western states, Arizona is filled with folks from other places. That alone offers the seeds of interesting stories. New places always changed my life story and it works the same for my characters. I’ve lived in 8 states and each had its own personality. As far as I’m concerned, Arizona is perfect.
On a strange visceral level I love to drive down a straight road in sunshine with high mountains on both sides. My special place is a spot at the base of Bell Rock in Sedona where I know I’ve lived before.
Can you tell why I write fantasy?
Bringing interesting characters to Arizona, a foreign environment for them, and seeing what happens in their lives, like in a time travel story, is how I love to write.
In my first novel, Romancing Rebecca, I placed a New York attorney on a plane and sent her to Sedona. The main character is a no-nonsense woman, who’s called the most unromantic woman by her friends and romance author clients. Only in the setting of Sedona could this fish out of water change from her norm to wearing goddess dresses and eating Godiva chocolates, crying at romantic movies. Being surrounded by roses and falling in love with a trance channeler brings her story to life.
Flying Free is set in my own Arizona neighborhood. My airpark community is one of 500 in the U.S. To this aviation addicted community I bring a Texas advertising woman who must learn to fly to restart her life financially and emotionally. Fictional clones of my meddling neighbors aren’t about to let her take care of business and go on her way. Neither is a practicing Buddhist vegetarian pilot who falls for her, a meat industry advertising exec.
Arizona has a little of everything. I feel truly blessed to live in this beautiful place.
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