Imagined by Disney, Cruising, and other Travels
My childhood was highly influenced by living near Disneyland and the beach, but my “San Francisco Mad Woman” days (producing copy for advertisers and printing companies), influenced me as an adult. For example, one of my clients was Royal Viking Cruises about the same time the Love Boat splashed on our TV screens. So, then, of course, I had to cruise!
My first cruise was aboard Carnival’s first cruise ship, the original Mardi Gras. On this same trip to Florida, I also experienced Walt Disney World for the first time for the opening of Epcot. I’ve been mesmerized by the cruising life and other travels ever since. This is often a theme in my novels and songs.
It was only a matter of time that I would also experience living in different parts of the country and, in fact, lived in Central Florida three times. Naturally, Disney World was a big part of that experience. You can read about those adventures under the IMAGINE menu.
During that time, I acquired a literary agent and first publishing contract for Real Women Wear Red (3 women on a Caribbean cruise) and its sequel Real Women Sing the Blues. You can read about the adventures that inspired those stories under the CRUISE menu.
When I’m not writing novels or songs in my studio, I’m slathering on Hawaiian Tropic writing on my laptop on my Florida lanai. Or cruise ship. Or Disney resort lobby. Or Las Vegas casino. Or California beach where it all started for me.
I don’t remember what came first: my love for travel or reading about exotic locations. But location is often a character in my fiction. Maybe because after reading books such as Gone With the Wind and Oriental Hotel, I had to travel to where these places and beyond such as New Orleans, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Bangkok.
In the READ menu, I have listed my book titles as well as identified (in parens next to the title) where these books take place. I hope you enjoy reading them. If so, please write a review on Amazon. I would also love to hear from you by leaving me a note here.
But I’m not the only writer in the family. Rich has also written and published a novel set in Tampa Bay, Florida, Caught in a Trap, capturing the very essence of life in Florida.
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May there be an adventure in your future!