This is probably not a big shock to those of you who know that I’m a Christian romantic suspense author. After all, that’s what we writers get paid to do.
But I make up towns that hopefully sound like real ones. And if you live in Southern California, you might even recognize some of the places, streets, and freeways I name. That’s because I draw heavily on real places.
Laguna Vista, the main town in both of my series, is based on a real Orange County, California, town.
Holcomb Springs is more of my own creation. There is an area in the San Bernardino Mountains called Holcomb Valley that was the site of the area’s gold rush in the 1860s. I just imagined what might happen if the town hadn’t faded away.
In Off the Map, the friends take road trip to real national parks in the desert Southwest. In fact, you could re-create their trip. I hope to someday.
I love what I do. It’s the best of research and imagination. If you recognize some of the locations in my books, I’d love to hear about it.