Nora’s Inn and My Little Shop. Word.
So I have this good friend and neighbor who is a big Nora Roberts fan. I tried reading some of her romances and, well, what I read (so far) were okay. But I LOVE Nora’s JD Robb books. If I had the time to analyze Nora/JD’s writing, it would be a fun project. Just on the face of it, the books seem like they are written by two different writers and that, my friend, takes talent.
Nora is once of the romance writers I admire most. She has an incredible work ethic and has given back to her community in many ways. One thing she did was put an economic spark back into Boonsboro, Md. when she renovated an old building and made it into an Inn. Of course, she has written about renovating the beloved building and now fans can stay there and experience, even touch, some of the things she writes about it her books—like the iron work and the cashmere throws in each room—a just like in her books. She’s written a whole series, of course, based on the Inn BoonsBoro.
My friend was impressed with the devotion to detail throughout the Inn. If you’d like to read more about it, check this out. She stayed in the Penthouse room, which had huge bathtub and shower, along with a heated toilet that’s lid opens for you on approach. Talk about being pampered.
How cool for my friend and her husband to experience all of this that she’d read about for years. And how cool that Nora Roberts is offering this. Cool and smart.
I started to think, as a writer, what part of my work would I like to offer readers to touch, feel, maybe taste? In SAFFRON NIGHTS, Maeve visits a shop in Hong Kong “Suki’s Little Shop of Aphrodisiacs,” where she purchases potent ginseng, among other things. I think that might be more fun than an Inn—though maybe the most fun would be an inn with its own shop of aphrodisiacs?
For CRAVINGS, I imagine a huge chocolate shop with exotic spices and fruits thrown in for good measure. And in the back room? Some light BDSM play things, like collars, cuffs, and leather of all sorts.
Writers have you ever imagined your books, or parts of your books like this? Readers, what do you think? Would you come to my little shops? Hehehe.