Of all the amazing writers gathered here, I have the honour of being the most "Southern" one of us all. So, as we say here, kia ora, from New Zealand.
Firstly, where on earth am I? Well if you pull out your trust globe or atlas (or Google map) and go down down down to the bottom of the world, you have Antarctica. Nope that's not me :) But if you head up a little you'll come across two islands that look like this.
I have the pleasure of living in our capital city (the one with the red star), Wellington. The best way to describe Wellington is like a mini version of San Francisco. Harbourside, hills, hills and more hills, big cafe, coffee and arts cultures and with winds that will have little people, like me, hanging onto traffic lights so they don't get blown across the road.
The other big thing that you need to know is that, with all due respect to my lovely Australian colleagues, we are not part of Australia, their colony or far flung outpost. And telling a Kiwi that New Zealand is part of Australia, is the equivalent of telling a Canadian that Canada is a state of the USA :)
And, while we unfortunately don't have hobbits, my country is every bit as beautiful as it looks on Lord of the Rings, or, for the more cultured among us, The Bachelor. In fact, having travelled a lot, and been privileged to see many amazing places, I am still constantly blown aware by the shear beauty of this amazing country that I get to live in.
None of which has anything to do with writing, but I'm afraid I just can't help but brag about New Zealand when someone foolishly gives me free reign and column inches to do so ;)
Anyway, I figure that you'll have plenty of time to hear about my writing (mis)adventures so my question for today is - if you were given an all expenses paid vacation to anywhere in the world that you have read about in a book, where would it be and why?
Mine are Vienna and Prague because I have a fascination with World War II and I've been wanting to go especially to these two places ever since I was 14 years old and read Brock and Bodie Thoene's Zion Covenant series.
Kara Bonnevie (soon-to-be Isaac) lives in New Zealand where she is a paper pushing bureacrat by day, and wedding planner extraordinnaire by night (but only for 58 more!). When she manages to blow the dust off her laptop, she tries to write stories that make people laugh. While her literary comic genius has yet to be recognized by a multi-gazillion dollar contract, she's confident that's just a glitch that the universe will soon rectify.
If you're a real sucker for punishment and want to hear far more about the dramas of her upcoming wedding than any sane person should, she can also be found at http://www.downundermusings.blogspot.com/
Oh, and in case you can't tell by the picture, she really likes cake.