Darlings, can I share a funny story? I’m not really much of an outdoorsy kind of girl. I adore nature, gardening, a good lounge chair on the beach, of course, but I will confess that I think I may be allergic to camping, hiking and all things woodsy. We have a funny saying in our family, plucked from the classic movie “The Parent Trap” (the original one with Hayley Mills), where the would-be stepmom, actress Joanna Barnes, in a fit of rage on a camping trip, screams “GET ME OUT OF THIS STINKING FRESH AIR!”
Am I that horrid? Oh gosh, I hope not. But I can relate. I do get a little irritable out there. I once saw a mouse scurry around our camp site (the time my husband convinced me to go camping shortly after we were married) and let’s just say, I was a hot mess and a half.
That said, nature and the outdoors do play an important role in my fiction. I was thinking about this recently while on a jog (see, I do love to get outdoors!), passing all the gorgeous spring flowers and buds in my neighborhood, and I realized that there is a botanical theme to all of my books. In The Violets of March, violets are an important symbol in the story. And in The Bungalow, hibiscus represents something key. And in my third novel (keeping under wraps for now—can’t wait to share!!), there is also a botanical/nature theme thread throughout.
So, there you have it: The writer who loves the great outdoors … from the comfort of her porch. 🙂
Are you outdoorsy? Do you like novels that make nods to nature? Do you hold it against me that I despise camping? Please say no.