Liz here, happy to welcome Jennifer Chow to the blog today talking about a vacation that inspired her latest book! Take it away, Jennifer!
Usually when I write a book, I think about the theme and then go out and research it. For Mimi Lee Cracks the Code, the third book in the Sassy Cat Mysteries, I did it all backwards.
We took a family vacation in the fall of 2019 to Catalina Island. After a rocky boat ride and constant rain, it seemed like a positive sign when the sun shone and a rainbow arced across the sky.
How could I not be subconsciously inspired by the place? There, of course, was the gorgeous horseshoe-shaped bay. We rented a lovely old home there (with lots of quirks!), which inspired the vacation rental home theme running throughout Mimi Lee Cracks the Code. Look at this amazing view from the living room:
When we visited the island’s museum, I learned a lot about the history of Catalina, including celebrity sightings, famous filming locations, and the practice grounds of the Chicago Cubs. Some facts even got incorporated into my storyline.
We also roamed the pathways around the cute Avalon area and ate at local eateries. I added some of the quaint atmosphere to my book.
Back then, I didn’t realize this fantastic trip would turn into research, but I’m glad it did!
Readers, what inspiring trip have you been on?