I have an affection for New Orleans and its people-- and have had, since I was a teenager. Which is just one of the reasons why, when it came time to write my first Erotic suspense novel, Full Exposure, the bayous surrounding New Orleans came immediately to mind.
As a literature graduate student, I roamed the streets of New Orleans, taking in all the literary and historic sites the city had to offer. More than once I sat near Ann Rice at Lafitte's Old Blacksmith shop, where it is rumored she wrote most of her novels. I haunted the old hangouts of Tennessee Williams and Kate Chopin. I even took a road trip, with some of my fellow grad students, to Ole Miss to check out William Faulkner's old stomping ground. And I was a research assistant to famed biographer, Carol Gelderman, who taught me more than I can say about writing and New Orleans in the year I worked for her.
I turned twenty-one in New Orleans, fell in love in New Orleans, got married and became a mother in New Orleans-- so it's hard to remember the city with anything but fondness, even though the New Orleans of today is very different, thanks to Katrina, than the one I haunted in the mid-nineties.
Is there any city you have a particular affection for? Any city that means something special to you? I'm giving away a copy of my Christmas Superromance, A Christmas Wedding, so leave a comment and be entered to win.