When I got the idea for Real Vampires Know Hips Happen, book 9 in the Real Vampires series, I realized Glory St. Clair, my somewhat chubby vampire heroine in all my books would chase her main squeeze all the way to Scotland. Jeremy Blade aka Jeremiah Campbell had turned Glory in 1604 and they’d been on-again, off-again lovers ever since. At the end of book 8, he’d taken off for the family castle, not happy with Glory’s recent behavior. Now she’s determined to get him back.
As I started writing, I wanted to see the real Castle Campbell. Luckily, a friend is married to a Brit whose family lives in Newcastle, just miles from the Scottish border. I accepted their invitation to fly over and we drove north to see the area for ourselves. The castle still stands, but barely. It is open for tours thanks to the National Trust. There’s even a tea room and gift shop. It a tough walk over a foot bridge and is just above the small town of Dollar, not too far from Edinburgh.
Just standing in the ancient castle and feeling the damp air ruin my hair filled my head with ideas. I knew immediately that my vampires would have to live under the castle. The story went on from there. It was a great experience and I learned that being on site is much better than a glimpse from Google Earth.
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