Today the awesomely amazing Crystal Jordan is here talking about some story inspiration and her latest release Vegas Vacation. This was such a fun read! Look for my review coming in the next few days. For now enjoy Crystal and check out the contest at the end of the post! 🙂
Where I Go, My Stories Follow
In the last few years, I’ve traveled quite a bit with my boyfriend. Sometimes it was for business and sometimes for pleasure, but there’s been a lot of air miles logged in. We’ve had a blast and I kept thinking that I should write about all the places we’ve been, but nothing really gelled for me as a story idea. We went to Hawaii twice, Las Vegas twice, and have been doing research on taking a glacier cruise in Alaska. We’re also booked on a trip to Europe this summer. Fun times!
Okay, so some of it wasn’t that fun. I pinched a nerve in my back on one of the airplane rides, my boyfriend and I both caught the worst flu of all time on the second trip to Honolulu, and we ended up hiking quite a bit longer in the baking Las Vegas sun than we’d anticipated trying to find a museum. Oh, the sunburn. But you know what? Even with the disasters, we still had a great time. And it made me think even more that overcoming travel hiccups can tell you a lot about your partner. How do they deal with crises? How supportive are they when you’re sicker than a dog and neither of you has any idea where a pharmacy is? Would you be willing to go anywhere with them again, ever?
Fortunately for my boyfriend, he passed those tests. And, in the end, I did finally get a book idea from that last trip to Hawaii. That book idea rolled into a series idea (doesn’t it always?), which spanned from Las Vegas to Hawaii to Europe to Alaska. Yep, all the places I’ve been or will be going to before the series is over. It’s pretty awesome how that worked out, because it means I did hands-on research without really thinking too hard–it was all just part of my travel.
I think it’s pretty well known that a little bit of the author goes into every character, but this series is even more special because, in a way, it kind of chronicles (or at least pays homage) to my relationship with my boyfriend. Wherever we went, I’m sort of taking my readers along. Though I think I’m going to skip the part with the flu from hell. Even I’m not mean enough to do that to my characters!
It’s spring break, and a group of teachers from Half Moon Bay Middle School are planning to cut loose. History teacher Meg Phillips hadn’t planned on being one of them—Vegas isn’t really a town for a bookworm—but somehow she let her friend Anne talk her into it.
Though honestly, she’d rather indulge in some poolside reading than co-star in an R-rated edition of Teachers Gone Wild.
It took some major arm twisting for Finn Walsh to convince his fellow gym teacher, Anne, to do whatever it took to get Meg to Vegas. For over a year he’s been looking for the chance to get to know her outside of work. He’s drawn to her quiet beauty and intelligence—and the hint of fire beneath her understated exterior.
When he finally gets the opportunity to peel away those layers, the result is far more explosive than he ever fantasized. Now to convince her that the week isn’t a wildly out-of-character mistake, but the start of something amazing…