Behind “Holidays With Jane”: Sanibel Island

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Fanny Price runs Mansfield Motel, the family business in sunny South Florida, mostly on her own. But she dreams of following in her Uncle Thomas’s footsteps and becoming a marine biologist. She plans to talk to her cousin Eddie about her dreams when he comes home for Spring Break. But when he brings along Henry and Mary Crawford, trouble starts to brew. Fanny watches her precious future begin to slip away. With everything on the line, will Fanny finally speak up for herself? Or will she be stuck running Mansfield Motel for the rest of her life?

For a story about Spring Break, what could be better than a story set in South Florida? It just happens to be the place I myself grew up in, so the choice to set my newest Holidays With Jane story there was simple.

While teenage Kim didn’t quite appreciate living in a place where the biggest attraction was the beach, adult Kim definitely does. Being able to take a short drive and be at the ocean is one of my primary joys in life.

I take a lot of pictures of the beautiful places I live, so here are some to set the mood for my story…

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Sunset on Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island, FL
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Boardwalk to Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island, FL
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Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island, FL
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The Lighthouse on Lighthouse Beach, Sanibel Island, FL
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Baby mangroves growing in J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
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Path through the mangroves at J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL
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High tide at J.N. “Ding” Darling Wildlife Refuge, Sanibel Island, FL

What places inspire you? Let me know in the comments! And make sure to pick up your copy of Holidays With Jane: Spring Fever here.

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