Eric and I recently went home again, home to St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, the location the Katie & Annalise books are based on. The driver? Our oldest daughter, Marie, who we went to visit. [Marie is not in love with being photographed; she doesn’t appear below, but we don’t love her the less just because she’s not pictured.]
We had a lovely time, but some parts of it are hard. It’s hard going back to the beloved place you weren’t ready to leave. But we did. We visited the “St. Marcos” tidal pools and the lovely bay where the rocks suck the water back in the sea, an aching pouring in and rushing out.
Want to hear it for yourself? Click here: Rocks at Annaly Bay
We drove by and up to the gate of the real Annalise, Estate Annaly.
We didn’t want to ask to go in. It would have broken my heart if anything had been changed. If you want to stay there, I hear it’s a B&B now. Google Annaly Manor, St. Croix, USVI. If you want to see how it looked when we lived there, check out our picture album, HERE.
We did Holland Redfield’s (former senator of the USVI and #3 guy in the RNC) radio show, TOGETHER, much to Eric’s chagrin. [He did great.] Holland was a hoot and was so kind and generous with us.
And, at the request of a wonderful friend who follows my novels, we had a book signing at Undercover Books. It was a lot of fun, and we had time to visit with a few old friends.
Maybe best of all other than spending time with our wonderful and oh-so-mature and accomplished daughter, was reuniting with the real Ava, pictured on the right in the photo below and second from the left at her birthday celebration while we were there.
We even sang together and experienced for a few seconds that old magic.
But like all good things, it came to an end too soon, and we are waiting to board our flight back to Nowheresville as I type this. That’s okay, though. While we weren’t ready to leave when we did, nearly ten years ago, we love our life now and wouldn’t change a thing.
Except for maybe more time with the people we love down here on a little rock in the middle of a big blue sea.
That’s all I’ve got.