I have a confession to make: I’m lazy. I moved ten months ago, and there are still a few boxes I haven’t unpacked just yet. Sometimes, for lunch, I’ll eat an apple, some crackers, and a few spoonfuls of peanut butter because I don’t feel like cooking.
I’m telling you this because, even though I really loved writing Reign, it was a ton of work. I did lots of research on Eastern Europe, the Russian language, the Soviet Union, the geography of the Black Sea region, and lots more… before I even started writing the thing. The whole time, I swore up and down that I was setting the next book in my apartment, because I already know it so well.
It’s not my apartment, but the next book is set a small town on California’s central coast, where I’ve been a bunch of times. (I took the above picture last winter.) It’s picturesque as hell — bluffs, rocky beaches, mountains, forests. There are sea otters and elephant seals.
The town in the book is made up, but it’s a mishmash of some real places — namely Cayucos, Cambria, and Morro Bay, which are lovely places for a weekend escape in you’re in LA or San Francisco.
If you go, think bad boy thoughts for me 🙂