The author’s environment influences the story

It is HOT this week in the East Bay where I live and write. I am desperately trying to keep the hydrangeas in my garden alive.

The funny thing is that suddenly I find that heat and wildfires creep into my latest novel, King of the Mountain. Have you ever experienced that your environment influences your writing? If so, please share. I would not be able to bring myself right now to write about lovers in front of a log fire in a snow-bound cabin. That will have to wait for winter.

But, the good news is that these wind still, balmy nights are an excellent inspiration for romantic outdoor scenes under a star-filled sky.

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