I love to travel. When graduated from college, and had my first ’real’ job, I took my first serious vacation. My girlfriend and I traveled to Mexico – from Mexico City, to the west coast, crossing the sea to Baja. It was wild and crazy and the best part – we survived, although we did some incredibly stupid things you only do when you’re twenty-one! We had a blast and I was hooked. Since that time, I’ve traveled around the world visiting magical cities and sacred sites. And many of my paranormal worlds are derived from the places I’ve seen.
Rarely do I use international cities in my contemporary novels, but when I was asked to write a short story for Musa Publishing, I decided to set it in Vienna. I had just returned from the city where classical music rules! Only in that Vienna can a person sit outside a coffeehouse and listen to a live performance piped from the Vienna Opera House. I just had to write about it.
My short story m/m contemporary romance – Lover’s Trill – came to life from experiencing the city first hand. In the story I featured classical concerts, the Vienna Ball season, and the very exclusive Hotel Imperial – with its Baroque interior dripping in chandeliers. I had so much fun using musical metaphors that- ah -I went a little overboard- LOL.
Isn’t the cover by Kelly Shorten beautiful! It conveys the elegance of the classical scene and Andre is that handsome!
This quote from Freya Stark says it all: “Travel does what good novelists also do to the life of everyday, placing it like a picture in a frame or a gem in its setting, so that the intrinsic qualities are made more clear. Travel does this with the very stuff that everyday life is made of, giving to it the sharp contour and meaning of art.”
Lover’s Trill will be released Tuesday, September 4 at Musa Publishing! You can read more about at my site.