Over the years, I’ve lived in diverse locales around the globe, from big cities and teeny villages to remote areas of mountains, lakes, seasides, and deserts; places from modern apartments and vintage houses to hotels or conference centers that seemed like permanent homes for awhile.
Those that were really interesting have found their way into my books. For instance: my eclectic studio apartments in New York City and Algiers became Cat’s abodes in The Eight; my freezing-cold basement flat in Idaho became Ariel’s underground pad, buried in snow, in The Magic Circle; my all-white, orchid-filled photographer’s penthouse in Denver transformed itself into Verity’s glamorous San Francisco aerie in A Calculated Risk. While several formerly creepy locales, located in the (now restored) alley behind my former riverfront apartment in Washington, DC, miraculously transformed themselves into Alexandra Solarin’s open-hearth workplace, and her unique living space in The Fire.
As for my actual residences, which I rented or owned, the only common elements have been: lots of indoor greenery; lots of art (African, Native American, Oriental); and lots of books!
I’ve shared photos and stories of some of these places here: