What better time to be thinking about a warm sunny trip to somewhere tropical for Spring Break? That is, unless you're an author. Several years back, we packed up the family (five kids) and headed to Arrow Springs, Missouri. Only problem, there is no such place as Arrow Springs, Missouri. Except in my book In The Image of Man.
In an effort to be realistic to the setting I had chosen for the book, we visited the location, walked around the fields, took lots of pictures, and discussed the town. The pictures above are actual pictures of the location of Arrow Springs. I still recall telling my oldest, "Right over there. That's where Sarah's house would be. River of Life Church would be over there. And we're standing in the River's Edge Bar."
Yeah, I know, a bit odd. In fact, my wife asked me why I hadn't written my book to take place in Hawaii. I told her that would be the next book. Actually, it's not. But, I did take her to Hawaii a few years back. A bit nicer than Central Missouri. No offense to anyone from Missouri. It's a bit nicer than pretty much anywhere on the planet. I love traveling as it provides a great opportunity to experience new places and people. You never know when you might need material.
What about you? What strange locations have you visited on vacation?
'Till next time!