My Jersey Shore by Adrienne Giordano
I'd like to believe we all have places we love. One of those places for me is the Jersey shore. Sure, we've all seen the ugly parts of New Jersey on television, but I'd ask everyone who has never visited to reserve judgment until they've driven south and dipped their toes into Jersey sand.
You may have figured out I'm a Jersey girl who was lucky enough to grow up minutes from the beach. As an adult, my love of the Jersey shore hasn't diminished. There is something about the moist, salty air that relaxes me in a way no other place can. When I return for a visit every summer, I sneak away to my favorite spot and enjoy the beauty of the ocean.
A couple of summers back, while sitting in said spot, I decided Isabelle, the heroine in my work in progress, would live on the Jersey shore. Isabelle, an emotionally damaged character who has worked hard to carve out a life for herself, needed to live in a place that brought peace to her tortured mind. I envisioned a beachfront cottage that once belonged to her grandmother, a woman who gave unconditional love. The cottage would be Isabelle's haven and would include afghans made by her beloved grandmother. On bad days, Isabelle would curl up with her granny's handmade creations and remember the love they shared.
In short, the cottage and the beach outside would give Isabelle a safe place to land when her emotional problems created havoc.
Of course, I take that safety away from her in the book. Sorry, I couldn't resist. As a writer, I think it's my job to do mean things to a character and force her to battle back. Call me twisted, but that's the fun part for me. Plus, Isabelle is a strong character and not afraid of a fight. I had a feeling she'd make it through. :)
Last week, while visiting my family, I went back to Atlantic Avenue beach for the first time since Carina Press acquired A Just Deception. I sat on that beach alone, watching the runners do their thing and the surfers ride the early morning waves. So enamored with the beauty of the morning, I pulled my camera and snapped a few shots (see photo) of the view from where Isabelle's fictional deck would be. I imagined she would be sitting on that little deck seeing the very same things I was and, in that moment, I knew she'd be happy.
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Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and women's fiction. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her work-a-holic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog. A Just Deception, book two in the Private Protectors series is available from Carina Press. Risking Trust, book three in the series will be available on November 7, 2011. For more information please visit www.AdrienneGiordano.com. Adrienne can be found on Twitter and Facebook.
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