Take it away Cathy...
I've always had a strong sense of place. Maybe it came from growing up in the South, or maybe it was all the historic sites my parents dragged us to. Either way, in spite of a number of career-related moves, I was deeply rooted in Southern soil.
That intimate familiarity with South Carolina showed up in my first two books, not just in what the characters saw (smelled, touched, heard...) but also how they reacted to their surroundings. More than one person told me the setting became another character in the story.
How does that happen?
Every story takes place somewhere, but how central the setting is to the tale depends primarily on the author's voice - the unique way the author tells a particular story. Some of my favorite authors excel at using setting in the plot. The Four Corners and Navaho culture are so central to Tony Hillerman's Joe Leaphorn series those books couldn't have occurred anywhere else. Long before we moved to Washington state, Ridley Pearson's Lou Boldt series made me familiar with Seattle.
Both Holly and I seem to be settling into our new homes. Stay tuned for more of Holly's adventures in the wilds of the Eastside.
Born and raised in South Carolina, the setting for HONOR CODE and THE PROFESSOR, she now lives in Washington. FOR LOVE OF MONEY's setting, with her husband, children, several dogs and the resident deed herd.
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When Holly Price trips over a friend's dead body while hiking, her life takes a nosedive into a world of intrigue and danger. The verdict is murder - and Holly is the prime suspect. Of course, the fact that the infinitely sexy - and very pissed off - cop threatening to arrest her is JC Dimitrak, who just happens to be Holly's jilted ex-fiance, doesn't help matters.
To protect her future, her business...and her heart...the intrepid forensic accountant must use all her considerable investigative skills to follow the money through an intricate web of shadow companies, while staying one step ahead of her ex-fiance. She better solve the case before the real killer decides CPA stands for Certified Pain in the Ass...and the next dead body found beside the river is Holly's.
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