Many authors write about places they love.
For me, it’s Long Island. It’s an amazing area, full of wonderful things to explore and experience. Balmy breezes in the summer; the smell of crisp, turning leaves in the fall; stillness and silence during a mid-winter snow; colorful, chirping birds that welcome spring.
It also has a host of things to do and see that promise you’ll never get bored. East Hampton, Southampton, Sag Harbor, Port Jefferson, the Gold Coast, Fire Island…it’s an endless playground all year long.
With two books published, and one currently being written and to be released next year, I adore setting my stories in what I think is one of the most amazing areas around. Long Island’s got a population just under 8 million and is the most populated island in the United States, which makes it the perfect backdrop for my characters — all of whom were born and bred right here. And you know what? I don’t think I’ll be changing that any time soon.
I’ve been here forever, and I’ve never grown tired of it. There’s something special about Long Island, but what fascinates me most is just how different the North Shore is from the South Shore, courtesy of glaciers that left behind rocky debris on the north, and fine, washed sand on the south. Which is why I prefer those southern beaches — they’re amazingly beautiful in the summer! But that doesn’t stop me from exploring any of them whenever I can. Though I’ll let you in on a little secret — I prefer to do it at sunrise.
Oh, and then there’s the food. Oh.My.God. Fortunately for us, we’re just sooooo close to New York City that we’re fortunate enough to have some of the most notable chefs open up places right here. And then there’s the fresh fish you can purchase, along with oysters and clams and–you guessed it–lobster.
Of course, that doesn’t even begin to touch on what this island has to offer. But as a writer, I can’t tell you how much fun I have writing about it. In every book I sneak in a little tidbit because I need that connection to home. Something in every book that makes it feel more personal for me. For those of you who know Long Island, hopefully you’ll recognize some of those spots in my stories. For those of you who don’t, I’m hoping you’ll take the time to visit. There’s a reason people flock here year round.
For you readers out there, do you enjoy reading about places you know and love? And, for you authors out there, do you enjoy writing about them?
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Yes, I enjoy writing about places I’ve lived or visited…or just researched. Long Island is one of those places I’ve traveled to in my mind, via research; but my writing about the area will never have the same sense of detail or reality as a native’s writing will. Thank goodness for the Internet, or I’d have only a few locales to set my stories in!
Writing is really a great way to ‘visit’ places we haven’t actually visited. What a great experience — and thanks for stopping by!
Don’t know if I can wait four years.
You’re like a leap year. 😉
Although I live on the West Coast, I have in-laws who live in Port Jeff. The first time my husband took me there, I was impressed with how lovely and lush everything was. The L.I.E. still makes me nervous, but the bagels and Carvel alone make the ride worthwhile! 🙂
It’s funny…there are so many places that claim to have ‘bagels’, but if they’re not from New York, sorry, they’re not bagels. They’re just baked round bread with a hole in the middle. These knockoffs. Sheesh. 🙂