I love to travel. I love exploring new places and people, and opening myself up to new experiences. It’s little wonder that three of my books – The Summer of You, Follow My Lead, and Let It Be Me — involve a good bit of travelling.
I recently got back from my summer vacation, which was, naturally, a road trip across a good chunk of the continental United States. And as my brain spends a lot of time in pastoral 19th century England, I tend to forget just how vast and awesome the United States itself is.
We saw natural wonders. We saw waving fields of crops (mostly corn and soy). And we saw the occasional (alive!) wild turkey on the side of the road. But mostly, we spent the time with each other.
From a writer’s inspiration standpoint, a road trip is an excellent way to explore characters, force them to open up to each other, and put them into uncomfortable situations where they have to act and react. But from a personal standpoint, a road trip is a great way to get to know your road trip partner, to be silly and see new things, and to get through A Game of Thrones on audiobook.
Tell me about the last road trip you took! Where to? With whom? Best or worst part about it?