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Lynn Cahoon | Finding the story next door

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My current release, TEMPORARY ROOMMATES, is set in a section of St. Louis called the Central West End. And as I revisit the story, I'm pulled back in time to my first visit to this area. Like my hero and heroine, I was spending a lot of time at the hospital across the street from Forest Park. And instead of thinking about the treatments or the diagnosis, especially the diagnosis, I thought about what it would be like to live in this neighborhood, just steps from the park, even larger at 1293 acres than New York's Central Park with 843 acres.

Forest Park has the remnants of the 1904 World's Fair held in St. Louis. The art museum building was built especially for that event. Add in a stop at the boat house where you can rent boats as well as eat lunch and your afternoon's filled.  Make it a full day and you can see the zoo and the history museum. In the summer, outdoor theatre graces the lawns of the park including a week of Shakespeare.

For a country girl like me, it's a paradise of activity. And I've spent many a Friday afternoon playing hooky from work walking the exhibits in the museum or just walking the paths winding through the fountains and lakes.

When you leave the park and head back toward the hospital, you can find a wide range of eateries and apartment buildings.  Just waiting for a young professional to move in and start their lives.

The neighborhood's completely different than where I grew up and where next month's release, MARRIAGE NOT INCLUDED, is set.  We had one neighbor across the street, two at the end of the mile to the north, two about a half mile away to the south and one at the crossroads to the road into town.  There were two other houses just across the road, but for some reason, they weren't considered part of our neighborhood.

Farm land separated us but a party phone line made your business, everyone else's. I used to love listening in on conversations until my mom caught me one day.  My best friend until junior high lived that half mile away and we got together to swim and zip line from the tree house, and play dolls. Then she moved away after her mother died in an automobile accident.

Visiting a new place, the stories call to me.  I enjoy writing about neighborhoods and the people who inhabit them.  What's your favorite setting to read?  City, country, or exotic? Leave a comment to win an e-copy of TEMPORARY ROOMMATES.

Lynn

When a determined nurse and a hot intern find the perfect apartment, the same perfect apartment, they must find a way to share it for ninety days, without killing each other.

Annie Baxter has her dream job.  Now, all she needs is a cheap apartment close to the hospital.  Troy Saunders knows his life as an intern is all about the long hours. He doesn't have time to play doctor to some Nurse Barbie.  So when his sister finds a great apartment walking distance to work and next to the best running paths in the city, he's sold. Two leasing agents, two prospective renters, one apartment.  Can they co-exist without fireworks?

Lynn Cahoon is a contemporary romance author with a love of hot, sexy men, real and imagined. Her alpha heroes range from rogue witch hunters, modern cowboys, or hot doctors, sexy in scrubs. And her heroines all have one thing in common, their strong need for independence. Or at least that's what they think they want.  She blogs at her website.

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22 comments posted.

Re: Lynn Cahoon | Finding the story next door

I enjoy all sorts of settings for books... it gives me the chance to visit many differnt locales through the pages of a story. :)
(Colleen Conklin 1:21pm April 22, 2013)

Sounds like a exciting, romantic inspired story- wish we all
had that love story that is worthy to be famed!
(Brittany Savage 1:55pm April 22, 2013)

M very favorite is historical Scotland.... the Highlands to be specific.
(Betty Hamilton 3:45pm April 22, 2013)

I love being able to visit many different places through my
reading. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Mary Hay 4:15pm April 22, 2013)

I enjoy setting in places that I have not lived so that I can learn a little about a new place. Like I had no idea that St. Louis had a huge park---now maybe I'll try to find it next time I'm going that direction.
(Sue Farrell 4:34pm April 22, 2013)

Your book sounds very exciting and very interesting. I would love to read it as it is one way to "travel" and not have to pack or even leave home. Keep up the great work and thanks for the offer. Hope I have a bit of luck!!! Thanks again.
(Cynthia Blain 4:38pm April 22, 2013)

City/country works for me.
Blessings,
Marjorie
(Marjorie Carmony 4:54pm April 22, 2013)

I love reading all ===City, country, and exotic! I sometimes imagine myself in the plot
(Shirley Younger 5:23pm April 22, 2013)

Historical settings are great. We get to learn about how people lived in a different era as well as a different country!
(Clare O'Beara 7:04pm April 22, 2013)

I love reading all of the above. I don't travel much so the only way to know a place is to read about them. When I do get a chance, I could identify the landmarks mentioned in the books.
(Kai Wong 7:08pm April 22, 2013)

I love reading books from different places from where I live,
(Carol Woodruff 7:08pm April 22, 2013)

I enjoy both City and Country reads. Lean more toward the small rural towns.
(Sheila True 7:17pm April 22, 2013)

I especially love to read about country settings, there is something special about the country. The laid back atmosphere without all the hustle and bustle. Plus, that's where you find most of the cowboys. Just sayin'!
(Tracie Travis 7:19pm April 22, 2013)

sounds great.
(Aida Alberto 8:06pm April 22, 2013)

I LIKE ALOT OF DIFFERENT SETTINGS BUT MY FAVORITE IS NEW ORLEANS BECAUSE HAD FRIENDS THEIR AND I LIKE TO SEE HOW WELL THEY WRITE THE TOWN.
(Shelley Summers 9:56pm April 22, 2013)

I reading about different places. If I could afford to travel I would. Thanks for a chance to win.
(Linda Hall 11:07pm April 22, 2013)

I like all kinds of settings. Sometimes it just depends on my mood and
sometimes the story line for which kind of book I'll pick up. This sounds like
oth an interesting setting and story.
(Penny Mettert 10:37am April 23, 2013)

I met my husband, worked, partied and lived in the CWE. We got married
at the Jewel Box in Forest Park. I've been to the hospital you talked about
wayyyyyy too many times. I've got to read this, there are so few books
about St. Louis.
(Susan Falkler 11:10am April 23, 2013)

Susan - I'm so glad you commented. :) I hope you enjoy
Temporary Roommates.

So many Scotland lovers. And I'd love to visit NOLA some day.
(Lynn Cahoon 6:27pm April 23, 2013)

I do love books with an accent - places I've never been to, places I have been to, where you can hear the voices of the people and drop in on their lives - and I do like to read about the place I'm living now, Boston. I like to learn about local foods, local customs, even local lingo and swear words!
(Beth Fuller 1:02am April 24, 2013)

I love beach settings. Somewhere warm and fun!
(Sue Galuska 3:47pm April 25, 2013)

I truly love reading about all of the places that I have never been and even the places that I have been as they are reflections of the past and almost always a good memory. I love reading about what the author's imagination has conjured up which is something I am not sure that I could do as often and as much as they do.

Hope to win a copy of Temporary Roommates as everything else that Lynn has written that I have read has been soooo good.
(Cynthia Blain 5:03pm May 18, 2013)

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