Thursday, June 30, 2016

Summer is for Traveling to Exotic Locations

By Elizabeth Goddard

I hope it’s okay for me to share with you here how much I love my job. Of course, I’m a wife and a mother first, but I have an honest to goodness work-from-home job writing novels! Despite what you might think after reading the title of this blog post, I'm not a travel agent. But I am involved in the travel industry, in a manner of speaking. Ahem. . . I earn a living writing books. Of course earning a living is relative to each person. I’m not making enough money to own three houses, one in Hawaii, or even two houses but you never know when things will change!

It’s taken me years to get to this point and I’m so grateful that I persisted. I give the credit and the glory to God for opening those doors, for planting those seeds and watering them, putting that dream inside of me.

So in my work as a writer, I get to dream about the next place I’d like to go and set my story there. It might be a place where I’ve traveled or lived or plan to take a research vacation. But once I’m back in my writing chair, I can spend endless hours every day with my head in that exotic location on an adventure and, at least some of the time, running for my life—living vicariously through my characters, that is.

I mean, is that a cool job or what? And what’s even cooler about it is that you, the reader, can also enjoy this exotic location and experience the adventure of a lifetime and the adrenaline rush, the action that comes with running for your life or some unseen danger or assailant—from the safety of your own home.

That’s the service I provide as a writer of escape fiction!

So if you’re traveling this summer, take a book with you to read along the way. Or if you lounging on the beach, make sure you have your adventure romantic suspense novel handy—and that would be a two-for-one. (You’re in an exotic place reading about another exotic place.) If you're not going anywhere at all for a vacation, then you need an adventure romantic suspense to take you places.

The point is, enjoy your summer. Travel to some place exotic. Have an adventure whether from the pages of a book or in real life!



P.S. May I make a suggestion? Buried and Backfire of my Mountain Cove series are 2016 finalists in the DAPHNE DU MAURIER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN MYSTERY/SUSPENSE! Add to that, this week it was announced that Submerged (Mountain Cove) is a CAROL AWARD FINALIST! I LOVED writing these books set in stunning southeast Alaska–the perfect setting for adventure, suspense and romance! How would you like to travel to Mountain Cove, Alaska?


  1. With the heat the way it is, any "vacation" would have to be in a book. Congrats on being a finalist!

  2. Yes, Congratulations on all of your books being finalists! That is awesome.