I’ve been a huge fan of Codi Gary’s Rock Canyon, Idaho series, (I mean, who wouldn’t love her #StrongRomanceHeroines?!) so I’m super excited about her new Men in Uniform series, set in north California.
I’m lucky enough to have Codi here today, talking about her inspiration for the setting…
With my Rock Canyon, Idaho series, I pulled locales from the area I live in now, but for the first twenty-nine years of my life, I was a Nor Cal girl.
Growing up in little towns like Mt. Aukum and later, Latrobe, I spent my weekends walking the two miles down the road to the café and video store to grab lunch and a movie, stopping off at the general store for an ice cream on the way home. If we wanted to go to Costco, we had to drive an hour down to Sunrise Ave in Citrus Height, a part of Southeast Sacramento.
When I was a teenager, I was desperate to get my license because my friend’s parents hated driving out to the boonies and up a half a mile bumpy dirt road to get me. In my early to mid-twenties I found myself moving closer and closer to the city, from Folsom to Roseville and then Fair Oaks. For the last few years before our big move, we lived off Raley Blvd. One night, I heard gunshots while my husband was working late and I couldn’t shrug them off as deer season. That was when city life really lost its charm for me, but the Sacramento Area was the perfect setting for my series.
After all, writing what you know is the author’s mantra, right? I get to write about some of my favorite places in the whole world, places I miss like crazy, especially certain times of year. Like Apple Hill, a twelve mile curvy road with farms and orchards all along it between Placerville and Pollock Pines. I plan on using this for a scene in book two, and letting my characters enjoy some of the apple donuts, and spiced cider that brings back so many warm memories for me. And seeing concerts in Discovery Park!
In One Lucky Hero, Dean Sparks and Violet Douglas meet there for the first time, and it was fun going back to my first concert, remembering the sights and sounds (not necessarily the smell though. In a hundred degree heat with a mass of people, you can get some interesting odors.)
The thing about this area is that in two hours you can be in a completely different terrain and find so many interesting places to explore. Folsom Lake, Grass Valley, Davis, Lockeford, Strawberry…even places only locals know about. And I look forward to helping you explore all of it while my characters find their happily ever after.
An obsessive bookworm, Codi Gary likes to write sexy small-town contemporary romances with humor, grand gestures, and blush-worthy moments. When she’s not writing, she can be found reading her favorite authors, squealing over her must-watch shows, and playing with her children. She lives in Idaho with her family.