Over to Sue:
I love to travel and recently have been lucky enough to indulge this passion quite a bit. For Kiwis just getting out of our country is a bit of a haul, but well worth the effort.
Two years ago I, along with my husband, visited Rarotonga, Cook Islands, for the wedding of our close friends’ son. Nearly forty of us made the trip and we rented houses in Muri. We shared a house with six others, including the groom’s parents so our house became the party house. Barbecues were a regular feature, for the groom and his mates, for the wedding party, and for an after wedding function.
The wedding was beautiful, taking place right on the edge of the beach. The backdrop was the lagoon while further out breakers crashed against the reef. The reception was held in a restaurant hanging out over the beach. The Bride was stunning while the men in the wedding party wore open necked shirts, fitting trousers and jandals. Very island-ish. [Edit from Kate - that isn't a typo - before I made an idiot of myself and asked Sue, I looked them up! Jandal = short for Japanese Sandal. It's a Kiwi thing :o)]
Quite a few Kiwis go to this fabulous island for their wedding, which, as a romance writer had my head tossing up stories non stop. One night, at a restaurant, my girlfriend asked every young woman in the dining there what her name was because I was looking to name my heroine.
So who knows where my next story will be set, but one thing’s for sure, I’ll enjoy the research.
Do you like to travel? Where’s your dream destination?
I have a copy of Every Boy’s Dream Dad to give away to someone with a great place to visit.
You can find out more about Sue at her website www.suemackay.co.nz