LASR Anniversary: Denise Moncrief

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Family Vacations and Road Trips

Some of my favorite childhood memories are family vacations. We always took trips in the summer because my sister and I couldn’t miss school. Ever.

My momma and daddy were road trip warriors. I don’t think they ever flew anywhere until after I left home. You can imagine those many hours on the road with two children in the back seat. Now, having two children of my own, I can appreciate the level of patience it must have taken to endure seven or eight straight hours in a car. Sometimes it would take two or three days to get to where we were going. Because you know, my daddy had to make good time if he did nothing else on a road trip, and there was no stopping at a fast food play land. No, there weren’t any play lands back then.

So what did we do while we were cooped up in the back seat of the car? I wish I could say I spent those long hours reading, but I didn’t. My sister and I were too busy to read. Yeah, we were. We filled those hours with being silly, annoying our parents, and sleeping. Sometimes, we would amuse ourselves by singing. It wouldn’t take much of that noise before Daddy would turn on the radio. Worked every time. Looking back that was probably a commentary on our singing.

Maybe I didn’t get much reading done while on the road, but I did visit a lot of places and absorb a lot of scenery. My husband and I have continued the family vacation tradition. Seeing so many interesting locales over the years has inspired my writing. Inspiration stimulates imagination, and imagination is the spark that ignites creativity.

Setting can be very important to the mood of a book. I love to visit places I think would make a great setting for a book, just to get the feel for a story. I like to drop my characters into places that I can easily visualize, places that have inspired me at one time or another in my life. Recently, I traveled to New Orleans and took a trip up the River Road to research books six through ten of my Haunted Heart Series. I love this locale because it is rich in history and steeped with a unique cultural flavor.

Summer is here, and it already looks like it’s going to be a scorcher here in the blistering hot sunny south. It’s almost family vacation time again, and I’m so looking forward to our trip to Colorado where the temperatures promise to be cooler. This trip we’re flying, and I’m taking a little break from writing while I’m out of town. Maybe I’ll read a book while I’m in the air. It’s a strong possibility. One thing is for sure, however. I will be keeping my eyes and ears open for inspiration wherever I am and whatever I’m doing.

Gardenias Final 300 copyContent with the direction her life takes…

The temptation to earn a sweet payday and collect enough money to start her own interior design business is too much opportunity for Sophia Cannon to ignore, but working for her new client, Les Wakefield, is like working for a creepy stalker. He seems to be everywhere she goes.

Until trouble walks around the corner and into her life again…

Dylan Hunter almost turns down the Wakefield Manor restoration job until Les Wakefield tells him Sophia is the interior designer hired to oversee furnishing the old plantation house. Sophia has been the ghost in his life since the day she left him, haunting his heart with her memory every day and every night.

Stirring up more than just the spirits of the dead…

Sophia and Dylan fight with each other until a much bigger threat puts both their lives in danger. Discovering that generations of Wakefields have restored the plantation only to disappear months after moving into the manor house stirs up spirits that would rather remain undisturbed.

Can love survive the long nights at Wakefield Manor with the unmistakable scent of gardenias hanging so heavily in the air?

About the Author:Denise is a Southern girl who has lived in Louisiana all her life, and yes, she has a drawl. She has a wonderful husband and two incredible children, who not only endure her moods but also encourage her to indulge her writing passion. Accounting is a skill she learned to earn a little money to support her writing habit. Besides writing paranormal suspense, she holds a part-time job in public accounting and enjoys traveling, reading, and cooking, something she would have never thought she’d admit.

She wrote her first story when she was a teen, seventeen handwritten pages on school-ruled paper and an obvious rip-off of the last romance novel she had read. She’s been writing off and on ever since, and with twenty-two stories already published and fourteen still available for purchase, she plans to continue releasing new books for years to come.

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  1. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds great.

  2. Your book sounds really good, the cover is very eye catching.

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