I’m so excited to welcome my first guest blogger—and just in time! Mira Day, who releases her debut novel on Tuesday, September 1, writes about settings that are vastly different from the Great Plains, so I asked her to share some of her inspirations for the setting of her new release. Take it away, Mira!
I’d like to say it’s as simple as it’s where I was living when I started the story, but it’s so much more than that. First off, I love Charlotte. There’s so much to do and so much personality running through the city. There’s a ton of small neighborhoods that connect to make the city what it is. NoDa, South End, Dilworth, University… each one is unique in some way. And I’m not one for city skylines, but the Charlotte one takes my breath away. Every time I see it, I smile. I feel a weird calm settle around me. I can’t explain it, but it’s there.
Other than the sights and sounds of Charlotte, it holds a deeper meaning which is an underlying theme in Playing House. Charlotte represents me taking chances in my own life.
Years ago, I was living in Wilmington, North Carolina (on the coast). It’s my hometown and one I’m proud of, but I was so unhappy there. I hated my job. My love life sucked. The only thing holding me there was my family. One of my best friends had moved to Charlotte and was sick of me threatening to burn down my place of work every weekend (seriously, I said this every weekend). She told me to move. She had a job for me and encouraged me to really think about it. And I did. I decided that it was the right thing for me. As much as I’d miss my family and friends, I had to make something change. So I packed up my crappy little car (which broke down on the way there!) and moved to Charlotte.
It was far from easy. I lived off $75 a week for a while with no working car. I had to borrow money on more occasions than I’d like to admit. But I kept at it. I had an amazing support system from the moment I got there. I met people who would change my life and who gave me chances beyond what the normal person should.
Charlotte is where I grew and realized the potential I have. Charlotte is where I struggled to make a change for myself. Charlotte is my city.
It broke my heart to leave there 2 years ago, but I know I’ll be back. Another opportunity was staring me in the face, and I had to try. Because Charlotte made me.
Born in the Carolinas, Mira Day is a new adult romance writer with a passion for food. She loves the outdoors, NFL football, and exclamation points! You’ll usually find her working, writing, or catching up with Friends on Netflix. She has published two holiday-themed novellas and is working on her second novel, due out in 2016.
Psst, me again. If you want to learn more about Mira’s writing, check out her blog at www.MiraMichelleDay.com and be one of the first people to nab a copy of Playing House at Amazon, Barnes&Noble, or iBooks.