When reading romance, the main hook is the characters. I like feisty heroines, who know what they want and go for it, and gorgeous, funny heroes. But for me, an element I always love in books of all types is a great location. One that pulls the reader out of their everyday reality, and transports them somewhere new, somewhere different.
Think back to your favorite books, movies and TV Shows – Wuthering Heights is made so much more by being set in the North York Moors, Sex and the City is unimaginable without New York as a backdrop, Twilight and Forks go together like milk and cookies, and the movie The Proposal really springs to life once the action moves to the wilds of beautiful Alaska.
My Under the Hood series is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and I’ve set stories in other places I love too…the West of Ireland, Paris, London, a Tuscan Island. I love the opportunity to explore locations through story, and I know many of my readers love to read them too. Great locations fire the imagination, add interest, and infuse the story with a little extra element that makes stories memorable.
Have you got a favorite book location?
Sally Clements writes fun, sexy and real contemporary romance, partnering hot heroes with heroines who know what they want, and go for it!
She is a full-time author, who lives in the Irish countryside, and when she isn’t writing can usually be found in traffic, driving ‘Mum’s taxi’.
Always a voracious reader, she considers writing for a living the perfect job—the only downside is saying goodbye to her characters at book’s end!
She needs a lesson in love, and he’s the perfect teacher.
Mechanic Melody Swan is looking for a man who can share her hopes and dreams, but she swore she would never lose herself to passion. When sexy Heath Starr agrees to temporarily sub in the Under the Hood garage for his sister, Mel sees the perfect opportunity to enjoy being with a man without becoming attached.
Heath came to Meadowsweet to photograph nature, not find a hookup, especially since his last relationship ended in disaster. He vowed he’d never break another woman’s heart, and in turn, protect his own. Still, when Mel offers to serve as his outdoor guide, he can’t refuse.
Mel may say she’s only looking for right now, but her body is speaking a whole different language. And Heath’s viewfinder is drawn to her time and again. When the two find themselves isolated in a rustic cabin, they could both break their promises if they aren't careful…