A Sense of Place
My books get around. I’ve set stories in places I’ve lived like Madison (Fields of Gold) and Newport, Oregon (Painting in the Rain), places I’ve vacationed like Puerto Vallarta (Sacred Hearts), roads I’ve travelled (Driving into the Sun), fictional towns like Lacland (Nobody’s Home) and places so exotic I know I’ll never get there (Antarctica – August Ice). But until now, I’ve never set a story in the area where I currently live. The events in Whistle Blower take place here in Northern Wisconsin (as well as in New York City, because why not?). Writing about here had advantages and disadvantages – just like living here does.
I love the Northwoods (does anyone outside of Wisconsin call it that?). It’s a lake district. There are 10,000 lakes in Vilas county alone, most of them quite small. We have plenty of trees, water, wildlife and outdoor recreation. Not much culture or diversity. I know the sights, sounds and smells of this area better than anywhere else. That certainly helped. On the other hand, there really wasn’t much for the guys to do here—other than playing around outside and the um, usual indoor sports.
My favorite thing about living here is the quiet beauty. But every now and then I need to get out of here and head to a city and real life. How about you? What do you love or hate about where you live? Is it a good place for romance? I’m always on the lookout for a sweet spot to set a love story.
About the Book: Money can’t buy happiness. Jacob Nussbaum knows this better than anyone. He’s a corporate lawyer deep inside a huge New York firm, where he works overtime, sacrifices any chance at a personal life, and has been selling his soul for years. With a secretary as his only friend, he trudges on, until his whole world is blown apart by a manila envelope of photos—evidence that one of the firm’s partners is the dirtiest lawyer in one hell of a filthy business.
In search of the truth, Jacob travels to a small northern Wisconsin fishing resort. There he meets Ben Anderson, a brutally lonely man, who knocks him off his feet. Ben prompts Jacob to reevaluate his life. He’s a dozen years older than Jacob, still recovering from the death of his long time love, and doesn’t want to leave anyone a widower. But a jaded New Yorker on a soul-searching mission might be just the man to convince the grieving Ben that it’s never too late to begin again.
About the Author: Dev Bentham writes soulful m/m romance. Her characters are flawed and damaged adult men who may not even know what they are missing, but whose lives are transformed by true love.
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