Guest Blog Post for Devious Minds
Thank you for hosting me today!
For my new release, Devious Minds, I was able to fulfill a life-long dream of going to Paris! This book takes place there, and I knew that it would be much more believable if I’d been there myself. What an adventure! At the time of my visit, the book was all in my head, so I didn’t know what would happen to my character, but since I wasn’t tied down, this also allowed me to use my experiences there more fully.
It was amazing to place my character, Shelby, directly into some of the experiences I had while I was there. I enjoyed taking her for a walk down the Champs-Élysées and into Père-Lachaise and many other places I got to visit. The concert at Sainte-Chapelle in the book is also something I attended. My only regret is that I didn’t get to go on the motorcycle ride behind Ramos like she did!
When I got home, I found it imperative to use Google maps to find the street view for places I used in the book as well. I don’t know how writer’s survived without the information from the Internet! Most of my descriptions are as authentic as I could make them, and I hope it shows in the narrative of the book.
I wish I could have lived there as I wrote the book, but I still enjoyed re-visiting Paris in my mind for the next three months. My only sadness came after the attacks in November. It was chilling to be writing about a possible terrorist attack in Paris, only to have it actually happen, and it broke my heart. Because of that, I dedicated my book to the city of Paris. May your light always shine in the dark.
My visit there was magical, and because I got to write about it, even more special. Someday, I hope to go back and soak it all in. In the meantime, Joie de Vivre!
As the author of the Shelby Nichols Adventure Series, Colleen is often asked if Shelby Nichols is her alter-ego. “Definitely,” she says. “Shelby is the epitome of everything I wish I dared to be.” Known for her laugh since she was a kid, Colleen has always tried to find the humor in every situation and continues to enjoy writing about Shelby’s adventures. “I love getting Shelby into trouble… I just don’t always know how to get her out of it!” Colleen lives in the Rocky Mountains with her family. Besides writing, she loves a good book, biking, hiking, and playing board and card games with family and friends. She loves to connect with readers and admits that fans of the series keep her writing.