Why The Northwest?
By Brooke Moss
Hi, Rhianna! I’m so excited to be guest posting here today. I’m a big fan of your blog, and I consider you an awesome cyber friend, so sharing my newest release, The Carny, with you and your readers is a total honor. Us inland/pacific northwest girls have to stick together…
Yup. You heard me right. Rhianna and I are from the same corner of the globe—generally speaking, that is. She is from what is called Big Sky Country—which is Montana, to the layman. And that’s also where my handsome and adorable nerdy husband was born and raised. He and I now live in eastern Washington, but also spent some time in western Washington (Seattle area…as well as northwestern Oregon, where The Carny is set.)
Rhianna asked me to blog about why I base my books in the northwestern part of our great country, and I was super psyched to explain. Because my neck of the woods is beautiful! In this part of the country, you can see mountains, plains, farms, cliffs, deserts, lakes, forests, and oceans. In one day trip you can go from rolling wheat fields, to desert terrain, then ending the day at the lush Pacific rainforest. It really is an amazing sight to see.
You see, as an author, I tend to write about areas that I am familiar with. Not all authors do this. Some like to create towns and cities that exist only in their imagination. Others like to write about cities they’ve never visited, but have researched online. Me? I prefer to write stories set in places that I have an emotional attachment to. In my debut novel, The What If Guy, I wrote about a tiny farming town on the rolling Palouse plains of eastern Washington. This location came easy for me, as I’d grown up in Fairfield, Washington, population 500.
In my latest release, The Carny, is set in the small fishing city of Astoria, Oregon. I chose this location for a couple of reasons. First, I attended college in Astoria, with art history as my major. Obviously, I never finished pursuing my art history degree, but my time in Astoria wasn’t wasted. It was nights spent at bonfires on the beach, and hours upon hours smoking cigarettes and drinking gallons of coffee in ocean side coffee shops. My memories of Astoria are happy, and I wanted to give my readers the same warm-fuzzies about such a special town.
Second, there is nowhere on earth more gorgeous than northwestern Oregon. Lush forests thick with pine and cedar trees. Long sandy beaches with crashing waves. Beautiful. Just…beautiful. The absolute perfect setting for a romance novel. The perfect place for my heroine, Charlotte, to fall in love with her hero, Vincent. And I hope that each of you will think so, too.
Want to know a little big more about The Carny? Here it goes…
“At a town fair on the coast of Oregon, handsome Native American carny, Vincent Youngblood, bestows an unforgettable kiss on shy, awkward teenager, Charlotte Davenport. Then he disappears without another word, leaving her baffled and enamored.
Ten years later, Charlotte is still living in the small fishing town of Astoria, while being trained to--reluctantly--take over for her philandering hotelier father when he retires. After all, who else will do it? Her two perfect sisters are busy being married to their flawless husbands and having cookie cutter children, while Charlotte remains single, childless, and every bit as mousy as she was a decade ago.
As Charlotte struggles to climb out from underneath her judgmental parents thumb, the carnival rolls back into town, and Charlotte finds herself face to face with Vin again. He's back to run his father's carnival, walking away from a promising career in medicine he started in Chicago. Will her biased and judgmental family accept her relationship with a man who is not only a Native American, but works as a carny for a living? And what unsavory secrets bind the well-educated and seemingly superlative Vin to that ramshackle carnival?
After all, you can’t judge a carny by its cover.”
And here’s a little bit more about me:
“Brooke writes complex, character-driven stories about kismet, reunited lovers, first love, and the kind of romance that we should all have the chance at finding. She prefers her stories laced with some humor just for fun, and enough drama to keep her readers flipping the pages, and begging for more!”
Find me elsewhere on the web here: www.brookemoss.com, and order your copy of The Carny here: www.inkspellpublishing.com
I can’t wait to share The Carny with all of your readers, Rhianna! I am so excited about this story, and about the message it packs. Thanks for having me on the blog today.
Thanks so much for being here today Brooke!
Dear readers, please let me quickly say that one of the greatest draws for me when I first was introduced to Brooke's writing was that her stories were set in places I knew couldn't be faked. I was actually born and raised just a couple hours drive South of Brooke (and in Spokane too!) and she's not kidding about Eastern Washington—and all of the area from here in Central Montana straight out to the Oregon Coast or even North to the Pudget Sound area—it is a contrast in diverse beauties.
From the high grassy plains where I live to the mountains moving Westward into Idaho, through the beautiful lake country near Brooke's home in Spokane then down through the vineyards and orchards of my hometown in South Eastern Washington, out into the temperate deserts and lush forests of Oregon, finding yourself at a rocky Oregon beach is a journey I think everyone should know in their lifetime. And Brooke will take you there through her stories. Even having lived halfway around the world I longed for the Pacific Northwest's majesty with every fiber of my being. Reading one of Brooke's novels takes me home and reminds me how important a setting can be in fiction. The Carny would not be nearly as special and real if it were set anywhere else!
Now... who wants to win a copy of The Carny, eh? ;)
♥ -- Rhi