Thursday, November 05, 2009
Ireland: One of my favorite places in the World - Maureen Child
When I was plotting my latest Silhouette Desire, WEDDING AT KING’S CONVENIENCE, I decided to set it in one of my favorite places in the world. Ireland.
The first time I went to Ireland, I was 18 and I went with my best friend, Patti. We had saved our money for a year to make that trip and no trip since, no matter how fabulous, has had the same sense of excitement and adventure! I fell in love with Ireland the moment I saw it from the plane. And when I stepped outside and was slapped with that cold, Irish wind…my first thought was, I’m home.
Odd, right? I thought so too, at the time. But there was something in my soul that responded to that country instantly. My great-great-however many great grandparents had emigrated to the US from Ireland many years before, but I felt as though I, personally, had been there before. We drove down a narrow road inhabited mostly by sheep and when we took a curve and came out on top of a hill staring down into a valley, I knew that place.
I’ve been back many times since that first trip—including dragging my Sicillian husband around—and every time, Ireland welcomes me back.
So what better place to set WEDDING AT KING’S CONVENIENCE? I even set my heroine Maura’s farm in the place where we last stayed. In Shanvallyard, Tourmakeday in County Mayo. These pictures will show you why! And if you’re planning a trip to Ireland, you can’t do better than staying at Maura Staunton’s cottage.
Maura and Jefferson have a rough road for awhile as they meet, come together, separate and eventually wind their way back together. And I hope you enjoy their story! A few other King men will be making an appearance in this story and then next March, Jericho King will get his book!
I really hope you’re enjoying the King men as much as I am writing them. There’s nothing like a rich, powerful man brought to his knees by love, is there?
Now, tell me. Have you ever visited a place that your soul recognized? One of today’s commenters will receive a signed book!
Posted by Lee Hyat at 12:15 AM