You can take the girl out of South Carolina, but I’m not certain you can ever take South Carolina out of the girl’s heart. I was born and raised in the red clay of a smaller town in the South Carolina Foothills. Anderson is about halfway between Atlanta to the South and Greenville/Spartanburg to the North on I-85. Most people drive by never knowing it is there except for the highway signs. Or at least this used to be true. Now Lake Hartwell ensures people stop for a day of swimming, boating, or sunbathing on the sandy beaches of the lake. These beaches are manmade, hauling tons of sand to dump over the red dirt.
My favorite city, perhaps in the world, is Charleston. Charles Towne as it was originally called was founded in 1685 by Charles II of England. I’ve always had a special place in my imagination for this interesting monarch. Old Rowley sired many a bastard but never an heir to the throne. Now famous for its rows of pastel houses and the famous homes facing the Atlantic on the Battery, Charles Towne once was the essence of its founder. I set one novel in Charleston, and this charming city always seems to infiltrate every one since in some way.
My favorite Charleston artist is Jim Booth (see above), and I own his works of The Storm and Night Before the Storm which represents the Battery during Hurricane Hugo in 1989. There were 27 fatalities of this storm in South Carolina alone. I visited Charleston months after Hugo hammered the coastal town, and the destruction was heartbreaking.
Charleston is rich in history. In 1861, the first shot in the Civil War was fired in the Battle of Fort Sumter. Confederate troops under Brigadier General P.G.T. Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter and the U.S Army retaliated.
South Carolina also boasts Myrtle Beach, an entertainment mecca both for its beach and its carnival-like atmosphere, and Hilton Head of golf fame.
Whether you like the mountains or the beach, South Carolina offers visitors and residents alike southern grace and charm coupled with modern industry, for example, the BMW plant in Spartanburg.
I now live in Texas and love the Lone Star State. In my heart of hearts, I am still a South Carolinian. The state motto is While I breathe I hope. And with that thought I’ll leave you to make travel plans to beautiful South Carolina.
The book set in Charleston is Sinners’ Opera, the hero of which is Morgan D’Arcy, an English lord, a concert pianist…and a vampire. My latest release isn’t set in Charleston, but it stars Morgan in a collection of short stories chronicling his romantic adventures over the centuries. Available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and The Wild Rose Press as well as other quality book sites, it is available in paperback and eBook.
After you’ve booked your travel, curl up with Morgan D’Arcy: A Vampyre Rhapsody and take a stroll through history. Our own Toni and Beth have called Morgan:
“…Morgan…is a tour de force of egotism, wit, sensuality, and talent…” ~Author Toni V. Sweeney
“Morgan D’Arcy is a class act and the most arresting vampire I’ve ever encountered in literature or films.” ~ Historical and Paranormal Romance Author Beth Trissel
The gorgeous hunk has nothing to do with South Carolina. I just wanted to get your attention. 🙂
As an afterthought, my book Gambler’s Choice about people who love horses is featured today on Dbl First Chapter. Drop by and keep me company and read the first chapter.
Happy 1st day of February in the Year of Our Lord 2018…Linda N.