Today I took a road trip to Tarpon Springs, which is the setting for my project. I like driving the streets, knowing which businesses line the highway, and what the people look like. It was easy when I was writing THE NEW NORMAL because it's set in my own city, but having never visited Tarpon Springs, I decided it was time to explore.
My daughter and I walked around the sponge docks, poking in the gift shops and eating in the restaurants. But the most important thing we did was take a sponge boat tour, during which the captain described exactly what I needed to know for my book. Not only did I come away with lots of great notes, but inspiration, excitement, and--best of all--an opening.
And I think that's pretty spectacular!