|Aaaah, spring! -)|
If you grew up where I did, on the south side of the Minnesota/Canada border, there's still snow on the ground in April, and anything planted before Memorial Day weekend will be a certain victim of serial killing frost. Nope, if you grew up where I did, learning how to skate as soon as you learned how to walk, and with a "Miracle on Ice" Olympian living across the street, April is all about hockey playoffs, and May the Stanley Cup.
In Minnesota, April showers bring May mullets.;-)
They say "write what you know" so it's probably no surprise that both of the Underbelly Chronicles books I've written so far - 2011's TASTE ME and my June 2012 release, CHASE ME - are partially set in northern Minnesota, where I grew up.
One of my favorite scenes in CHASE ME occurs when my sophisticated vampire villain, Beddoe, walks into a northern Minnesota dive bar while the locals watch the Stanley Cup finals, looking for a way to get more information about the archaeological dig down the road. Did I mention that Beddoe is...alien-born, and completely out of his element on the planet's surface? Attempting to see a familiar setting through completely fresh eyes was a blast, and really gave me a workout!
(Due to paragraph formatting issues introduced by a recent upgrade to our blogging environment, please read the excerpt HERE.)
If you had to choose something other than May flowers for April showers to bring to you, what would it be, and why?
Tamara Hogan loathes cold and snow, but nonetheless lives near Minneapolis with her partner Mark and two naughty cats. When she's not telecommuting as a quality and process engineer for a global networking company, she enjoys writing edgy urban fantasy romance with a sci-fi twist. A feral reader with an unapologetic television addiction, Tammy is forever on the lookout for the perfect black boots. Her debut, TASTE ME, was a 2009 Daphne Paranormal Winner and 2009 Golden Heart Finalist. The follow-up, CHASE ME, is releasing in June and available for pre-sale NOW! (Amz | BN | Sourcebooks)
Visit her at www.tamarahogan.com, or on Twitter at @TamaraHogan1.