A magical experience:
In addition to writing, I enjoy reading and traveling. When the three come together, magic happens.
For a visit to Berlin, Germany, I took along Erik Larson's In the Garden of Beasts, a non-fiction book about the family of the U.S. Ambassador to Germany during Hitler's rise to power. The title's garden refers to Berlin's Tiergarten. I wandered the park, sat on benches, and sprawled on the grass while I read chapters written about that exact place. Instead of just reading about the lovers' trysts beneath the Goethe Monument, I felt like I watched as the ambassador's daughter danced in the moonlight.
I opened my tablet and wrote a scene for my novel American Spy in the Reich, a crucial turning point where Zelly, my protagonist, discovers everything he's been told is an elaborate lie. You can read my Tiergarten scene.
Since then, I've traveled to every setting in my writings. The where is just as important as the who and the what. Take a look at my writing links from the menu to see the exotic places where I've written.