Who needs a passport?
I love writing stories set in Australia. I don’t have to worry about things like getting regional lingo or locations right, because it’s what comes naturally to me. And when I started Exchange of Hearts, it was nice to set the story in familiar locations, with familiar education systems. I just had no idea the characters would take their story overseas.
Ending up in London was not on my radar, but I don’t really get a say in what the characters do, say, or end up. I’m just the lowly author. 😉
But I enjoy the research of foreign cities and ways of life. It’s a helluva lot cheaper, and I don’t need a gazillion hour flight to get there. But like any good writer knows, research can only show you what it looks like. Sure, I can ‘walk’ down any street on the planet that Google Street View allows, but it doesn’t come close to the real thing.
Research, be it Google, travel site forums, information sites, talking directly with the people that live and work there, can’t convey the emotions of a music student walking into London’s Royal Academy of Music for the first time. It can’t describe the smell of jasmine from the Regency Park gardens in spring.
I’d love to get to London one day, or any other city I’ve written about. If not for any other reason than just to experience what these characters have. One day, lotto win pending, of course.
Until then, I have to live precariously through the characters I write, and my passport, unfortunately, stays shelved.
Eighteen-year-old Harrison Haddon has grown up alone. Surrounded by wealth, nannies, and material things, all he craves is the approval of his father. Sent away to the boarding school his father and grandfather attended, it’s assumed he will follow in their footsteps from Sydney’s prestigious Ivy League school straight into medical school.
But Harrison doesn’t want to be a doctor.
He dreams of music and classical piano. His only true happiness, his escape from the world expected of him, is dismissed by his intolerant and emotionally detached parents.
Levi Aston arrives from London for a three-month student exchange program. Free-spirited and confident in who he is and what he wants to do with his life, Levi convinces Harrison not give up on his dreams.
But convincing Harrison not to give up on his family might not be so easy.
About N.R. Walker
She is many things; a mother, a wife, a sister, a writer. She has pretty, pretty boys who live in her head, who don’t let her sleep at night unless she gives them life with words.
She likes it when they do dirty, dirty things…but likes it even more when they fall in love.
She used to think having people in her head talking to her was weird, until one day she happened across other writers who told her it was normal.
She’s been writing ever since…
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