I absolutely love traveling down to the Gulf Coast states and their many wonderful seaside towns. Galveston, New Orleans, Biloxi, Orange Beach, Pensacola and Destin (the list goes on). Okay, so New Orleans isn’t exactly a seaside town, but I’ve visited along the way many times.
In my first book, The Secret Page, the adventures of the Page Twins start in a (fictitious) Emerald Coast town called Viridian Cove ©. The concept for this small fishing town came from the many places I’d visited along the coast – and a sprinkle of the square I live on in Texas.
Why did I choose a place located somewhere between Pensacola and Destin? I suppose it was the combination of being such a beautiful area, yet still having a culture consisting of laid back folks. Sure that may also define the Florida Keys, but I saved that area for other parts of my book(s) – more on that in another post.
The beaches along the Emerald Coast of Florida are primo. You’d be hard pressed to locate finer ones anywhere. And there’s nothing quite like falling asleep to the soothing sounds of the Gulf surf rolling in at night. I guess I’ve always found visiting such places magical.
So, I wanted to have my main characters be residents of such a place. It was important to offset their history and upcoming trials with a place of serenity that they could still call home. It also doesn’t hurt to have locations where the action/events can switch between land and sea in a heartbeat.
If you’ve not ever visited the Emerald coast area, please allow me to make some suggestions.
For beaches, Fort Walton (Okaloosa Island) is an excellent choice – with Gulf Breeze or Navarre Beach right up there. If you’re looking for a great spot to stroll along but still have easy access to bars and restaurants, then Destin Harbor walk is the place you seek. There are other choices as well, so feel free to explore.
I’m likely to dig into these and other locations as I cover areas that inspired locations (and perhaps events) in my books. Stay tuned.