Writers are always on the look-out for plots, settings & characters. Even on vacation, it's hard to turn that part of the brain off.
I'm just back from a 2 week trip to Sicily with my choir. You'd think that performing 5 concerts, plus rehearsals and all the excursions (to the Aeolian Islands was breath-taking), of course the shopping trips (one of which included a kiss of the hand by a traffic cop!), the truly wonderful meals even if we ate supper at those crazily late hours, the lack of sleep and just the fun of traveling in a group of 60 who could burst into song at the drop of an olive....that would be more than enough to keep one's mind occupied and away from thoughts of murder and mystery. Not so.
While waiting for the elevator just outside the spa going back up to the lobby, the hall lights would suddenly go out. They're on a timer & you just press the button to brighten things up. But it's totally dark in that cavernous arm and for a few moments, there's a body on the floor.
That spa has a Turkish bath, a sauna, steam room, pool in a dimly lit (romantic or sinister--take your pick) area...all spots ideal for dumping a body. And think of the effect of red blood against those magnificent white ceramic tiled floors and walls. Even at the outdoor pool, tucked in with the various palm trees and other lush plant life, there's a steep drop-off behind the fence, which affords a magnificent view of the village but also an ideal body dump.
How about a not-so-gentle push as someone is leaning over edge of the small touring boat, gazing at the tiny sea creatures clinging to the rocks? All the others are craning to see the amazing rock formations overhead...no one will notice.
Not all thoughts were sinister, I must admit. How could they be? Sicily is an amazing place, an island of beauty with quaint village upon village, marvelous seaside beaches, history at every turn, a pace of living that's addictive, and of course, all that heat & sun. I'd go there again, in a gunshot. And maybe, I could do some serious research and pay for the trip.
Isn't there some place where you'd like to do the same?
And, here's a mea culpa from my last post....I can't believe that I forgot to list my fellow Ladies' Killing Circle cohort & friend Barbara Fradkin's latest Inspector Green novel, Beautiful Lie the Dead, which will be out this fall. Don't miss it!