Saturday, May 3, 2008

Blogging on the Road

I'm heading to Hartsville, SC this morning and I'm blogging on the road. I love the new technology that allows us to connect from just about anywhere--allowing us to write from anywhere.

I have a duel purpose for heading to Hartsville. One, my new WIP is set there. Two, this is where my ancestors owned a small plantation around the turn of the 19th century. One document that stands out and is the basis for my WIP is dated 1810. Although Hartsville wasn't incorporated as a town until 1820, I plan to insert an author's note at the beginning of the manuscript.

One exciting thing about writing for the Carolinas are all the local places I can visit and research in person. We can turn these little road trips into small family vacations and my daughter is learning so much about her family history, as well as the local history from the state where she lives.

What about you? Have you ever taken a trip to do some research for a book? Or has a trip inspired a story idea? If you're a reader, have you ever read a book where the author described the setting so perfectly that you wanted to visit there? Did you later go? Share with us on F.A.I.T.H. about your travels and road trips.


  1. We went to Gatlinburg, TN, for spring break a few times, so I decided to set a story there. After working on it for a while, we made another trip up there, and while my hubby entertained the kids, I drove around making notes about all kinds of things like what the neighborhoods looked like, about side streets and restaurants. I even went in a wedding chapel and interviewed a worker (although she wasn't too thrilled, I don't think, when she found out it was for a romance novel!). But I think it added at lot to my story, which ended up being my first sale. :)


  2. I also meant to say that I hope you have a great trip, Jenn! I know you could use a weekend away!


  3. Jenn,
    Have a great trip. I know you are going to have a good time even if you are "partly" working.
    I've read lots of books with great settings, but the Magnolia series with Jacquelyn Cook is incredible. She writes about South Georgia and she has a gift for doing that.

  4. Jenn, I hope you get a lot of research done. But what kind of electronic device do you need to be on the internet while traveling?

    I'm so electronically behind!