I love my job. I just got back from a 3-day research trip to an organic/humane cattle ranch, a glorious lavender farm and an organic orchard in northern California, near the Oregon border. It was a 7-hour drive, one way, but I took along a girlfriend and we jawzercised the whole time, so the road trip flew by. Researching is a perk of my job. I enjoy doing one-on-one interviews with people. They love to share information and stories about their work, and for me it adds flavor and reality to my novels.
This trip also amounted to being my vacation for this summer. Although it was for my job, it was more fun than work. My head is still buzzing with all I learned, which will show up in my next three books, a series about two cattle ranching families. A Fortunes of Texas book that I recently turned in featured a confectioner heroine, and oh, it was so hard to research that. I had to spend a whole morning in a candy shop learning about, well, candy! And truffles. And swirling your own cotton candy. Best vacation ever.
So, what will vacation be for you? Do you ever combine work and play?
I’ll randomly choose a winner who comments for a free book.