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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Around North America

Thanks to the many different places we visit in my book, I feel like I'm getting to know a lot of North America. Wouldn't you know, it's really making me want to visit these places? Especially now that I'm writing scenes from the detective's POV. When it was just the girls, they didn't get to really experience things, like hotels, restaurants, sights. They were scared and running for their lives. But it's different with the detective.

We start out in Shelley, Idaho, a sleepy little town most famous for its honey. Our detective is from Idaho Falls, though originally he claimed Alabama as his hometown. The first stop is Havre, Montana, mostly used for its proximity to a highway and an entrance into Canada. We spend a lot of time in Victoriaville and Montreal, Quebec (Canada). Wow, Victoriaville sounds like a lovely place. Full of new industry and artists. We see bits of Dallas, Texas, a glimpse of Vermont and Maryland, and then we enter the Adirondack national forest in New York.

I'd heard of Adirondack before, but never realized that it's the biggest national forest in the continental US. How fascinating is that? Located in the Gore mountains, famous for their cross-country skiing and hiking, it's dotted with little townships and hamlets. The largest one, Johnsburg, has just under 3,000 people. I've watched some beautiful footage of this place.

Then we move on to Little Falls, New York. I want to stay at the Bed & Breakfast where Detective Hamilton stays. I want to eat that French/American food! The menu looks fantastic. And just around the corner is the National Historic District of the Erie Canal. Not to mention the art shows and antiques and the veritable history in this little city!

From here we visit Rome, New York, and I'm not sure yet where our Detective is going to stay, I haven't written that far. But I'm ready to put on my backpack and grab a map and explore these places!

9 comments:

M. Gray said...

Can I come to Rome, too?? I've always LOVED the idea of going there.

Great work, Tamara. I'll bet it feels good to be making so much progress.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

LOL. I looked back over that and it's misleading. It's Rome, NY. As in, a city in New York. yeah, I make puns off it in the book too.

Jannie said...

This post made me want to read your book so bad! I can't wait til it comes out...that's so awesome you are learning so much as you write- sounds kinda fun! Awesome work :)

Kate said...

Sounds like fun research.

T. Anne said...

This sounds like a wonderful read! Great blog!

Ralene said...

Your novel is fantastic and I'm so glad you're getting to "reexperience" it as you add in the detective. I can't wait to read it (again)!

Stephanie Faris said...

How fun. I remember my mom talking about Janet Dailey writing a book in every state back in the 70s. She and her husband stayed in an RV in each state for the time it took her to write each book. I thought that sounded like a whole lot of fun. I wonder if someday I could convince a publisher to let me do that! A 50-book contract.

David J. West said...

I'm pretty familiar with Idaho and Montana, so I am anxious to see what little bits you throw in.

Tamara Hart Heiner said...

Stephanie--

Even better if I could convince the publisher to fund me to visit all of these places!

David--

Um...I hope you'll keep one eye half closed while your reading. :)

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