Now there is that famous other author named Susan...no darlings, don't have to tell you her last name. She lives here too. I live on the mountain and she lives in one of the frou-frou neighborhoods. But she turned our town into a fictional place for her lovely mystery books. I'm not sure why. Fear of the neighbors? I get that. Every once in the while, someone writes me, do you even know Santa Barbara? Yep, and I also know what it was like 20years ago, 30 years ago, 40 years ago...well no need to go on. You get the idea. And our little city in it's truest form is already semi-fictional. I mean really places like this don't exist any more--I know. I travel more than I want to--Where life is protected by mountains, ocean, and affluence. Where everyone moves just a smidge slower. Where everyone is happy and smiles at each other. Where a long line to wait in is 5 minutes. Where you can walk on beach and eat breakfast on the rocks, then drive twenty minutes and mountain hike. Magical.
Today is the first day of Old Spanish Days and I will be out celebrating with my neighbors the discovery of this magical city for 5 days. Since I released the first Half Shell Book, locals come up to me sometimes and say, you're her. You're the woman who writes those naughty books set in Santa Barbara.***see husband cringe out of the corner of my eye*** But why shouldn't I? It's my town. I still have my sash from when I was Miss Santa Barbara to prove it! And why do they comment on the naughty? I made hope a tangible thing, a place in my series. Hope is here for me. You see there really is a place called Hope Ranch. It's a neighborhood here. The neighborhood I was raised in, where I raised my girls. I'm a girl from a place called Hope. Very appropriate for an Indie Author. When we release a book, what have we got going for us but hope.
So I'm off not writing for 5 days and enjoying my hometown. But I'll be back at work Monday finishing Broken Crown, Book 1 of the Sand & Fog Series.
And as ever I wish you Peace.