I’m so excited to welcome fellow Tule author Audrey Wick to the blog today. Audrey is a full-time English professor at Blinn College in Texas. There, she is a writing teacher who writes. Her latest women’s fiction novel is Coming Home from Tule Publishing. She believes the secret to happiness includes lifelong learning and good stories. But travel and coffee help. She has journeyed to over twenty countries—and sipped coffee in every one. Readers can connect with her at audreywick.com, and she’s also on Twitter and Instagram @WickWrites. Take it away, Audrey…
Travel is a passion of mine, which is probably why I’m drawn to setting as a writer. It’s my favorite element of telling a story, and the places I write about are largely places that are special to me.
In my latest contemporary novel COMING HOME, readers experience two important places for my heroine, Mallory: Santa Fe (New Mexico) and Seguin (Texas). A road trip takes readers through the journey she makes, complete with beautiful landscapes and a few surprises.
Readers familiar with these locations will find a lot to love about the towns mentioned. And for those who don’t know the areas, they can be happy passengers along with Mallory—and her cat companion, Bella—for the trip.
I’ve been fortunate to have opportunities to travel like Mallory does, but I’ve also enjoyed international travel. With each experience, I gain new understandings of people and places. Here’s a recent photograph of my summer trip to Egypt when I visited the Library of Alexandria. For a book lover like me, being here was a highlight of the trip!
And isn’t the bookish furniture fabulous?
Now, it’s your turn. Where are some of your favorite locations—real or fictional? Do you have a favorite setting from a book? Has a book’s setting ever inspired you to travel to that location? Share your favorite places in the comments section below.