What do I do when I’m not writing?
A Guest Post by Gerry Bartlett
Guess I’ll have to confess that I spend way too much time shopping. Lucky for me I have a business where that’s a requirement. I rent a booth at Somewhere In Time, an antique store on the Strand in Galveston. So I’m always on the prowl for goodies to keep it filled. Customers would tell you it’s already full. But I can always cram in a few more things. I love vintage purses, hats and hankies. And then there’s the jewelry. Who can resist a ring made of sterling and turquoise or marcasite? I haunt consignment shops and estate sales looking for bargains that I can resell at a profit.
Even when I took a trip to England and Scotland last summer to see Castle Campbell where the hero in my Real Vampires series is from, I did a lot of shopping for the store. The friends I traveled with had a car and we hit one of the largest flea markets I’d ever seen held at a race course in central England. Fabulous. I found Victorian hat pins and small porcelain pieces I could fit into my carry-on luggage. Of course the real purpose of the trip was to soak up the atmosphere of Scotland for the book I’m writing now—REAL VAMPIRES KNOW HIPS HAPPEN. That one comes out in March, 2013. Glory St. Clair, the star of the series, goes to Scotland to try to repair her relationship with her main squeeze, Jeremiah Campbell aka Jeremy Blade. I really wanted to see the castle that I had researched on-line early in the series. So I took the trip. It was wonderful to actually be there and it was open for tours. I have a real feel for the place now and got lots of story ideas.
Yes, traveling is another thing I do when I should be writing. I’m off to Chicago this week for the Romantic Times Conference. I’m driving there from Texas with two writer friends and will enjoy shopping along the way whenever I see a likely antique store. Sometimes there are bargains to be had there too. So you see, I can combine two hobbies in one! I hope readers here will share what they love to collect or where they like to travel.
And there are two copies of my new release, REAL VAMPIRES HATE SKINNY JEANS, available for US readers to win. So post here for a chance. I’d love to hear your thoughts.