My home is my castle. I’m sure you’ve heard this phrase before, but in my case, it’s true. It really is. It’s my refuge from the world, the place where I’m happiest.
It isn’t a big house. In fact, it’s rather small and old—it was built the year I was born—and reminds me of the kind of houses you’d find back east but it’s cozy and comfortable. At least, I hope it is. I tried really hard to make it a place where you want to take off your shoes and rest for a while.
I’ve been here for twenty years now and I have no plans to leave any time soon. In fact, I joke that I will need to be carried out of here when the time comes, but it doesn’t stop me from looking at other houses. In fact, I love looking at pictures of other homes. From castles to log cabins, picturesque
Cape Cods and Saltbox houses popular in New
England to sprawling ranch style homes and cozy Craftmans, I love
I do have a particular fondness for Victorian style homes, though, which is perfect, considering that’s the time period I write so I spend a lot of time looking at pictures (and if I’m lucky enough, floor plans). It helps when I’m designing the home my hero or heroines lives in (as a reader, you are invited to kick your shoes off and curl up on the sofa).
I am currently writing about Teague MacDermott, my latest hero, and I’m trying to design the type of house he lives in. He’s got a sense of humor. He’s not particularly rigid or set in his ways (he can’t be…he’s raising his young niece). I imagine it’s clean but has that lived in look with dolls and other things a girl needs spread throughout. Does he have a study? I like to think so and it’s filled with books (he reads for pleasure for himself and reads to his niece nearly every night). It’s a comfortable home and fits him to a T. My heroine, on the other hand, grew up in a mansion in
. San Francisco
What will she think the first time she sees his home? Can she see herself there? Forever?
As always, happy reading (and designing!)Marie