When I was brainstorming ideas for my first book, Choose Me, I thought it would be neat to take a city lawyer and drop her in a small town. I grew up in a one traffic light town just like Emma. I wanted a small historic town with a waterfront. I enjoy writing about real places.
Each year, our family visits a new small town on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, which is separated from the rest of Maryland by the Bay Bridge. Last summer, we visited Chestertown and I knew it was the perfect choice for my series with its historic courthouse, shops, restaurants, college, and marina.
Eating crabs are unique to Maryland, so I had to include a scene in Choose Me. If you ever visit Maryland, please try the crabs and if you’re not as adventurous, crab cakes. I know most people equate the Eastern Shore with Ocean City, but it’s so much more: beautiful farmland, small towns, sailing, shops, and seafood.
Check out Emma and Luke’s opposites attract story in Choose Me.
No small town would be complete without a bakery, which is featured in my second book, Be with Me, and includes Jack and Samantha’s friends to lovers story. Jack works at the marina, so I included a sailing scene in this book. My dad is the avid sailor in my family, but I attended Girl Scout sailing camp, just like Samantha did.
I worked as a trial attorney for many years, so the courtroom scenes in Choose Me were based loosely on my experiences. You’ll see more legal drama when Ashley and Logan square off against each other in book three, Burn for Me, for a position in a law firm. This enemies to lovers office romance releases on August 19, 2019.
Stella and Sawyer’s story, Trust in Me, releases on December 3, 2019.
Next time you’re in Maryland, I hope you’ll visit the Eastern Shore. There’s so much to see.