New York Times bestselling author Susan Wiggs’s new novel, Map of the Heart, goes on sale today. Centering on themes of single motherhood, school bullying, family secrets, and how to find personal freedom to pursue dreams, Map of the Heart is a perfect book club pick. You can enter for a chance to win copies of the book, plus a Skype discussion with Susan, for you and your book club! Click here to enter (sweepstakes closes September 7th, so enter now).
Susan has written many novels -- how does she keep coming up with ideas for her books? She travels! For Map of the Heart, she went to Europe for inspiration. Here is a guest blog post from Susan that explains a bit of her process.
Dr. Seuss famously told people, “I get all my ideas in Switzerland near the Forka Pass. There is a little town called Gletch, and two thousand feet up above Gletch there is a smaller hamlet called Über Gletch. I go there on the fourth of August every summer to get my cuckoo clock fixed. While the cuckoo is in the hospital, I wander around and talk to the people in the streets. They are very strange people, and I get my ideas from them.”
So is it any wonder I went on a quest to Europe? More specifically, in 2015 I went to the Calanques near Cassis, with my husband and daughter. Out motto: Hike until you drop…or until inspiration strikes.
France’s newest national park–The Calanques (“creeks” but they’re not creeks; more like towering cliffs like the ones in South Africa or Sydney, Australia) is criss-crossed by hiking trails so long and twisty and tough that you just have to jump into the crystal blue water. And by the way, the water quality is officially rated, and the water here is rated “excellent.” Clean and clear.
And chilly. But whatever. And while there, I watched a very attractive older couple holding hands to wade into the water on one of the tiny, rockbound beaches.
“It’s cold,” the woman protested, sucking everything in.
“We’ve driven a thousand kilometers to get here,” said her husband. “We’ve got to do it.”
And a moment later, they were swimming and laughing like children instead of seventy-year-old pensioners.
And a moment after that. I had an idea.
See? Easy. You just have to travel to a remote part of the world you’ve never heard of, et voila!
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