A to Z Blogging Challenge: Week 1 Recap

A2Z-2013-BADGE-001Small_zps669396f9In case you missed any of my A to Z Challenge posts from Week 1, here you go!

So far I’m enjoying this more even than I thought I would. It’s forcing me to think about choosing topics in a different way, and, in doing so, I’ve introduced some fun posts related to my books. Writers find inspiration in such a variety of unexpected ways!

Next week should be interesting…I have “G” in the bag, but what the heck alphabet? Putting “I, J, and K” sequentially is uncool. Maybe I’ll redeem myself with “L.”

F is for French Quarter

022_004In the spirit of the posts detailing the world of The House of Crimson and Clover, I wanted to share some of my personal pictures from the French Quarter. The French Quarter, or Vieux Carré (or just “The Quarter” to locals) is an important setting in the series, from the Hotel Monteleone, to the French Market, to Preservation Hall and Lafitte’s.

The Quarter is the oldest, and most diverse, area of the city, with influences from Spanish, French, Creole, and American cultures throughout. From cast iron balconies, to floral courtyards, jazz music and jazz funerals, Caribbean flare and unique food, you feel like you’ve been transported to another place, and perhaps another time. Continue reading