We stayed at the Chateau Lemoyne, which is a Holiday Inn housed in a historic building in the French Quarter. The picture is the view we had out our floor-to-ceiling French door windows. No balcony, but we could open the doors and look out over the interior courtyard. The balcony and dormer directly across from us is one of the historic suites in the hotel. It’s a lovely place to stay and even has a saltwater swimming pool. It was a bit chilly so none of us took a dip. We’ll definitely stay at this hotel again. Two of my favorite restaurants are each a block away, and it’s an easy two and a half block walk to catch the Canal Street streetcar. For $3.00, you can get an all-day pass for as many transfers and trips as you can fit in.
Why New Orleans? Because ROGUE MOON is set in and around NOLA. I wanted to remember the vibes exactly. I first went to New Orleans almost 30 years ago. And I wanted to set a book there. I eventually wrote the first book in the Delta Ghost series, SHADOW DANCE. I have the second book, WALTZING MATILDA, in first draft. The third book, TWO TO TANGO, is plotted. Mostly. I’ll get back to them this year. Additionally, the prequel novella for the Penumbra Papers is set in New Orleans.
Again, why New Orleans? The place is amazing and ever since my first trip, I’ve felt a real affinity for the area. Don’t know why. Could I live there? Maybe. Do I want to? I’m not sure. I’m obviously not the only writer who has found inspiration in NOLA. Faulkner. Hemingway. Capote. Tennessee Williams. Anne Rice. John Grisham. And others. They’ve all found inspiration in New Orleans. Some have lived there, some have only visited.
There’s a saying about the Cafe du Monde, the famous coffee and beignets spot on Jackson Square: If you sit there long enough, the whole world will pass by. I’ve found that to be fairly accurate. Watching people there is fascinating. And inspiring.
I’m ready to write now. The problem is all the different ideas swirling around in my head. I need to sift them out, get them cubby-holed in the proper place and then jump in. That’s what I’ll be doing this weekend. What about the rest of you? Anything fun on your schedule?