A Quaintrelle In The City is pleased to kick off this week with The Rum Runner by Tricia Leedom. Tricia is on the blog sharing how The Rum Runner came about, which is pretty impressive if you ask me. But that’s not all, she also has a fantastic giveaway. Check it out! Don’t forget to leave her a comment and enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post. Good luck!
Dreaming of the Sea Necklace
Starfish Hair Barrettes
10 pc Drink Stirrer Set
Peach Quote Beach Tote
Rum Runner Signed Copy
Rum Runner, book one of The Key West Escape Series, is a funny, sexy, action-packed tale about an uptight British Socialite who travels to Key West, Florida to find her biological father, a treasure hunter, and inadvertently steps into the crosshairs of his enemies. She turns to an irreverent ex-Navy SEAL for help, but he’s got a shady past and his own agenda. Together, they set off on a dangerous Caribbean adventure.
While researching and writing Rum Runner, I traveled to Key West a couple of times for inspiration and ideas, and to work out the details so a reader who knew the island wouldn’t be thrown by a glaringly incorrect detail. Now, in some cases, I used creative license because I had to, but I tried to make the changes either based on real places or something that would fit into the setting without raising an eyebrow. The Key West in my novel is a fictional world in a real place. All of the other islands the characters visit in the book are as well.
I used YouTube to help research the places I’ve never been to myself. Like Saba, for example. A beautiful little Caribbean island mostly untouched by tourism, it’s situated about halfway between Saint Martin and Saint Kitts. I discovered the island in my research, and then used YouTube to take a tour. Videos not only offer stunning visual details to work with, but they often give you a sense of the people and a general feel for the place. I try to convey those types of things in my novels. I also used YouTube to see what it was like to fly in the cockpit of a float plane, and I watched videos on special ops training. It really is an invaluable tool for writers.
Living in Southwest Florida, I’m fortunate to have friends and acquaintances around me who are native to the Caribbean islands. I enjoyed picking their brains for details I could work into the story. Sometimes I asked about the political climate of a particular island or just about daily life. I learned so much from chatting with people.
The heroine in Rum Runner is British, and while I’ve visited the UK several times, and I’ve been an anglophile for as long as I can remember, I’m no expert on British dialects. I really didn’t want to overdo the heroine’s Britishness or use so much slang the American reader would be distracted or confused by it. So, I focused more on phrasing and threw in the occasional expression or term just to remind the reader of the character’s accent. Late in the process of editing, it occurred to me to reach out to friends who live in the UK and ask for help with some of the questions I had. They directed me to a woman named Jeni Hackett, who I met on a previous visit to the UK when we were both attending an Outlander fan gathering hosted by the Facebook group Outlandish UK. (I’m a huge Outlander fan from way back.) Jeni was great. She was always available to answer a random question or offer suggestions. My only regret is that I didn’t connect with her sooner.
Currently, I’m hard at work writing and researching the second book in The Key West Escape Series called Bahama Mama. I was back on YouTube just the other day researching sharks this time. There I was sipping a cup of coffee while watching a feeding frenzy, and I thought to myself: I sure have an interesting job. Lately, I’ve been thinking I may have to take a trip to the Bahamas, you know, in the name of research. 😉
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The Key West Escape Series
1. Rum Runner – Releases July 18, 2017!
2. Bahama Mama – Coming January 2018!
About the author: TRICIA LEEDOM enjoys traveling to exotic destinations and having torrid love affairs with hot, dangerous men… even if it’s only in her own mind. When she’s not writing romantic adventure novels, she reads voraciously, tweets compulsively, and fangirls over a TV show based on her favorite book series. Tricia earned her BA in Creative Writing from The University of Tampa and her MFA in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University. Her favorite authors include Diana Gabaldon, J.R. Ward, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Karen Robards, and Johanna Lindsey. She lives in Southwest Florida with two very spoiled dogs. Follow Tricia on Twitter and Instagram @tricialeedom