Do you ever wonder why authors pick a certain location for their books?
In my latest release, Unconditionally, I picked a place that we visited once. Calico Rock, Arkansas.
Calico Rock was named that due to the cliff the town sits on. White, brown and black rocks make up the cliff and the river bed, much like the coloration of a calico cat, it only made sense to name it that.
In this story, our heroine decides to visit her mother and step-father. The step-father is a fly fisherman. He ties his own flies and goes fishing almost every day, much like my dad. There is a young boy in the story and what kid doesn’t want to go fishing? The most dramatic scene in the book takes place in the White River while Caroline and her family are fishing.
The man we visited there had his house backed up to a National Forest. My son and I went exploring, and while in this beautiful place, we came across a hole in the ground, big enough for a person to stand in, if they could get between the two rocks that were standing on both sides with another rock on the top. It looked man-made, but for what purpose, I haven’t a clue. That became another element of the story. And yes, for awhile, I thought we were lost. Very scary when you’re in a forest with twenty thousand acres.
There were elements that I didn’t use, like the hundred or more hummingbirds that visited his porch during the day and evening, feeding off the two gallon size feeders. There is nothing like sitting on a porch and have a hummingbird fly right in front of your face and hover so close to your eyes. I didn’t realize that they would fight each other for a spot at the feeder. There were several different varieties visiting, so it was entertainment for me. Can you imagine the energy needed to flap your wings that fast?
I enjoyed my few days spent in Calico Rock, and someone asked me about a sequel, so I might have to go back…I read that there was an underground ghost town there, and I didn’t see it. That would be a fun trip.
Check out my latest release here. UNCONDITIONALLY
Here’s the description:
Shouldn’t love be unconditional? Your parents, your spouse, your children, your closest friends? Can we count on them loving us as we love them? Sometimes not and what happens when you discover unconditional love for the first time?
A drama following one woman’s journey to discover if she can accept being loved, with and without conditions.