Places of Inspiration - Tara Chevrestt
|Me with my beloved canine friends!|
There are a couple of places that inspire me and I put one of them in my young adult historical, Ride for Rights.
It's called Glen Eyrie, and it's a real castle in Colorado of all places! I went there AFTER I wrote the book, but seeing a place that until then, I'd only seen on the internet and visualized in my head was beyond cool.
And the coolest thing for me, was seeing the real-life Elsie's room.
In Ride for Rights, two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide, just happen to come across the castle on their quest across the United States (on motorbikes! In 1916!). They think it's a hotel at first, but are surprised to meet Elsie, a young woman alone residing in it.
This is the blurb:
In the summer of 1916 women do not have the right to vote, let alone be motorcycle dispatch riders. Two sisters, Angeline and Adelaide Hanson are determined to prove to the world that not only are women capable of riding motorbikes, but they can ride motorbikes across the United States. Alone.
From a dance hall in Chicago to a jail cell in Dodge City, love and trouble follow Angeline and Adelaide on the dirt roads across the United States. The sisters shout their triumph from Pike’s Peak only to end up lost in the Salt Lake desert.
Will they make it to their goal of Los Angeles or will too many mishaps prevent them from reaching their destination and thus, hinder their desire to prove that women can do it?
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