I’ve never lived in North Carolina, though I lived not too far away in Tennessee for several years. Yet, I’ve set two books there so far 😀 One, a historical romance and the third book in my Blood Blade Sisters series, A Bandit’s Betrayed Heart.
And the second is my first contemporary romance writing as Kira Archer, Driving Her Crazy, which just released yesterday! 😀
In A Bandit’s Betrayed Heart, my main character Lucy battles prejudice and danger in post Civil War North Carolina. While in Driving Her Crazy, my characters actually embark on a road trip to NYC when all planes out of North Carolina, where they both live, are grounded.
It was a lot of fun to explore this state throughout different time periods. It has a rich history and is a truly gorgeous state. It’s also home to one of my favorite places, the Biltmore Estate, (incidentally a fave location for the main character in book 3 of the Crazy Love series) 😉
This place is so amazingly beautiful I could happily wander around its halls and grounds forever. George Vanderbilt began construction of the 250 room French chateau in 1889 and it wasn’t complete until 1896(ish). His idea was to reproduce the working estates of Europe. An actual village was built near the estate to house the employees and their families, what is now Biltmore Village. The village had everything from rental cottages to a post office, school and a church.
In the 1930’s, the Vanderbilt family opened the estate to tourists in the hopes of boosting Asheville’s economy during the Depression.
Nowadays, the Biltmore Estate and their associated industries (including furniture, a winery, an Inn, another village and a farmyard) is one of the biggest employers in the area. And on top of all that, it is simply stunningly beautiful. Especially at Christmas time 🙂