Back to the Outer Banks
Isn’t it great when two wonderful but separate things combine and end up together?
That happened to me when I began writing the Lighthouse Library books.
The Lighthouse Library mysteries are set in the Bodie Island Lighthouse near Nags Head on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. The town is real, the area is real, and so is the lighthouse. Although it doesn’t contain a library, nor is it big enough for one. But I think of it as my version of Hermione Granger’s beaded handbag or the Tardis from Dr. Who. Much bigger on the inside than it appears from the outside.
I had never been to the Outer Banks before I started writing the series, but I knew that I’d have to spend some time there if I was going to be able to write about it.
You can do a lot of research on the Internet these days, but to get the genuine feel for a place nothing can replace going there. Prowling around on Google Earth or a search engine doesn’t lead to the sort of spontaneous surprises than can be so much fun and can add real interest and colour to a book.
I’ve been down to the Outer Banks twice now for research trips, and have gotten to love the area.
Researching the Outer Banks means visiting the beaches and towns, exploring the historic sites, such as the lighthouses, driving through the National Seashore to small, charming villages. As characters in the books work at two eating establishments (Josie’s Cozy Bakery, and Jake’s Seafood Bar) I have to check out the local cuisine as well.
It’s a tough job, but someone’s got to do it.
The second book in the series, Booked for Trouble, came out on September 1st, and I have another trip planned. Not only will I be doing more research (gotta find the best place for shrimp and grits) but I’ve scheduled some book signings at some of the several charming independent bookstores in the area.
A vacation, a research trip, meeting fans and readers, all in one.
What’s not to love about the writers life.
Series: A Lighthouse Library Mystery (Book 2)
Publisher: NAL (September 1, 2015)
Language: Cozy Mystery
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository
The author of By Book or By Crook returns to the Outer Banks and the Lighthouse Library, where Lucy Richardson must shed light on a shocking murder…
Lucy has finally found her bliss as a librarian and resident of the Bodie Island Lighthouse. She loves walking on the beach, passing her evenings with the local book club, bonding with the library cat, Charles, and enjoying the attention of not one, but TWO eligible men. But then her socialite mother, Suzanne, unexpectedly drops in, determined to move Lucy back to Boston—and reunite her with her ex-fiancé.
To make matters worse, Suzanne picks a very public fight at the local hotel with her former classmate Karen Kivas. So, when Karen turns up dead outside the library the next morning, Suzanne is immediately at the top of the suspect list. Now Lucy must hunt down a dangerous killer—before the authorities throw the book at her poor mother…
Thanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Booked for Trouble to give away.
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Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Vicki was raised mostly in Ontario. As a young woman, fresh from quitting Carleton University in a huff in the middle of her final year, she travelled to South Africa where she promptly met a man, married him, and produced the aforesaid three daughters. Eleven years later, Vicki returned to Canada. Of her experiences in Africa she will only say that it gave her insight into to the politics of power and oppression that few Canadians get to experience.
Vicki majored in modern history at Carleton University, her interest more in the lives of ordinary women and men and the circumstances of their times than ‘big men’ and their wars. It was on a canoeing trip in Algonquin Park that Vicki, realizing that she was doing for fun what people in the past would have considered a hardship, told her trip mates stories about the incredible difficulties people endured in their attempts to get to the Klondike in search of gold, and the idea for a series of Klondike Gold Rush mysteries was set.
Vicki is a member of Crime Writers of Canada, and Capital Crime Writers, and is on the board of Wolfe Island’s Scene of the Crime Mystery Festival. (www.sceneofthecrime.ca)
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