Chincoteague, Virginia: My Island Inspiration

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Do you like to travel? I do. I can’t get enough. I want to go everywhere, see everything. I make games of guessing where my fellow travelers are going when they get off the plane or highway. I wonder how long the couple at the next table has been in love or if they’ve admitted to one another yet that they are. Do you do that too? It’s fun. Travelling is fascinating and quite good for the soul.

Every trip is unique. Sometimes, I’m ready to move on. Other times, a place beckons me to stay. Have you ever been somewhere like that? Somewhere that speaks to your heart? I have. In 2007, I visited a place that resonated so intensely it pained me to leave. Seven years later, I still remember the faint scent of brine in the humid summer air and how evenings smelled of ash from charcoal grills and bonfires. I close my eyes and see the weathered clap board of our rental home and the curving steps to the historic lighthouse. That vacation changed me. I’m back in Ohio now, but I’ve never been the same. In many ways I never really left.

Chincoteague, Virginia plays a major role in my daydreams and novels. When I sat down to write a mystery series, I knew the island had everything I needed to tell the tale. Chincoteague is a tiny island community off the East Coast where the locals are delightfully unusual, made up of some transient folks who spend the winters elsewhere and those who stay year round. On any given day, there are handfuls of tourists, craftsmen and artisans. The town slogan is “Relax. You’re on island time now.” I mean, right? Who doesn’t want to live on island time? Whatever that is, it sounds wonderful! The island is a perfect backdrop for romance and the national forest is great for some scary chase scenes. The possibilities are unending.

I’ve loved every moment of writing about this town, and I long to return there more than anywhere else. Maybe someday I will. My fingers are itching to pack even as I type this post.

How about you? Has any place ever gotten under your skin like this? I’d love to hear about it. Maybe I need to visit there next!

And now for a giveaway: Leave a comment below with your favorite place to visit and one winner will receive a copy of Murder Comes Ashore AND a cool dragonfly necklace. Can you just picture the dragonflies hovering over cattails on the marsh? It’s the perfect accessory for reading about the seashore!

Murder Comes Ashore
 photo MurderComesAshorejpg.jpg Patience Price is just settling into her new life as resident counselor on Chincoteague Island when things take a sudden turn for the worse. A collection of body parts have washed up on shore and suddenly nothing feels safe on the quaint island.
Patience instinctively turns to current crush and FBI special agent Sebastian for help, but former flame Adrian is also on the case, hoping that solving the grisly crime will land him a win in the upcoming mayoral election.
When the body count rises and Patience’s parents are brought in as suspects, Patience is spurred to begin her own investigation. It’s not long before she starts receiving terrifying threats from the killer, and though she’s determined to clear her family’s name, it seems the closer Patience gets to finding answers, the closer she comes to being the killer’s next victim.

About Julie:
 photo 1103.jpg Julie Anne Lindsey is a multi-genre author who writes the stories that keep her up at night. She’s a self-proclaimed nerd with a penchant for words and proclivity for fun. Julie lives in rural Ohio with her husband and three small children. Today, she hopes to make someone smile. One day she plans to change the world.

Find Julie online:
Julieannelindsey.com
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Blogging about books & the writer-life at Musings from the Slush Pile

6 thoughts on “Chincoteague, Virginia: My Island Inspiration”

  1. Colette @ A Buckeye Girl Reads says:

    There are too many places to name that have gotten under my skin, but Siesta Key Florida is one place I need to go visit again-we would vacation there a lot when I was younger. What is it about island life that is so appealing??

  2. Julie Anne Lindsey says:

    I’m marking Siesta Key on my map now!
    I loved the sensation of being separate from the world on Chincoteague. It’s breathtakingly beautiful and serene. The little community is quirky and unique. The rest of the world feels so far away. Anything could happen. It’s very surreal in an otherworldly way. Like life could be anything you made of it there.

  3. Ruby says:

    A great place to visit is Paris … if you need help researching for this, I’d love to volunteer!

  4. Heather M says:

    We have not gone on a vacation in years :-( Nags Head was a beautiful one though. Love the beach and where we had our house, it was not too crowded.

  5. Julie Anne Lindsey says:

    Ruby & Heather!
    I’m planning that trip to Paris immediately :) and I really am hitting the Outer Banks this year, probably Duck or Corolla!

  6. Carolsue says:

    Three places I really loved to visit are New Orleans, Kona Hawaii, and anywhere on the Oregon Coast!
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