Welcome to Coastal California!

Cambria blog


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 🙂

2 thoughts on “Welcome to Coastal California!

  • August 7, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I keep trying to sign up for the newsletter and after I click signup it says to choose one list. From where? Please help, I’m looking forward to the Reign Epilogue.

    • August 11, 2016 at 6:36 pm

      Hi! I’m not at all sure what’s happening – I tried to sign up with another email address and nothing weird happened. The program I use for my mailing list might have had a glitch – try again?


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