Thursday, March 24, 2011

There's no place like home...

Interestingly enough, all of the wonderful homes that Allison frequents in The Warrior Series are embedded with the love, warmth, and decor of homes I've been welcomed into my whole life. 

Clark's home exemplifies the wonderful historic homes in Galveston, Texas.  I can still remember the summer days when I drove to school or work on the island and daydreamed about what it would be like to live in one of the gigantic mansions.  The details of these houses built before the 1900's is unfathomable.

Brody's beach house...What can I say about that?  It's special to me for many reasons.  First, my family and I have had Bolivar/Galveston summer vacations for several years.  Those times are some of the best I've ever had.  My most memorable (and cherished) trip was the one with my dad just months before he died.  He was as happy as I've ever seen him.  Second, the beach house is designed exactly like one of my best friends would have decorated it.  Without a doubt, the significance of her influence will forever exist in me and my writing.

Allison's Louisiana forest-surrounded ranch style house is as homey as sitting next to a fireplace and as comfortable as wrapping up in a cashmere throw.  Since it is based on my childhood home, I have fond memories of holidays, secrets, loves, friendships, summer nights, and winter snowstorms.

LiLi...I'm thinking of you when I quote Dorothy..."There's no place like home."