|Steamboat Springs, Colorado. |
Photo by Marina Martindale
Along with Hollywood, my next book, The Scandal, will also take place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. I lived in Colorado in the late 1990s, and it truly is a beautiful state. Sometimes I wish I hadn't left, however, circumstances were such at the time that I had no choice. Maybe that's why I've used Colorado as a location in so many of my novels. It's a way for me to go back and visit, at least vicariously, a state that, in my opinion, is one of the most scenic and beautiful in the country.
Steamboat Springs is an old ranching and mining town that's now become a popular tourist destination, much like Durango and Telluride. It's also a few hours' drive away from Denver and Colorado Springs, making it the perfect literary location as it's easy for my characters to travel back and forth from those bigger cities to Steamboat Springs. It also has a cool sounding name.
Living in Arizona means I'm fortunate enough to be able visit Colorado, and a few years ago I took a trip there that included Steamboat Springs. Since that time, however, I've acquired much better camera equipment, and I've learned how to shoot and edit video. I hope to return to Steamboat Springs sometime soon, but in the meantime I'll end with a video I shot of southwestern Colorado, (under a different name.) It features Ouray, another beautiful mountain town that looks a little like Steamboat Springs.
Colorado Dreaming from Gayle Martin on Vimeo.