Photography, like writing, is one of my life’s passions. I’ve visited, and photographed, many of the locations I use in my contemporary romance novels. So while I’m working on the treatment for my next book, I thought I would share my photos of some of the places we visited in my earlier novels.
Portions of my contemporary romance novel, The Betrayal, take place in San Diego, when Emily and Jesse, spend a romantic Christmas holiday at the Hotel del Coronado.
The famous landmark dates back to the late nineteenth century with it’s Queen Anne revival architecture. The hotel also has a reputation for being haunted. Kate Morgan, a young hotel guest in the 1890s, met an untimely end during her stay at the Hotel del Coronado, and her ghost is said to haunt hotel today. She’s even mentioned in The Betrayal. In the mid-twentieth century, the hotel was a location for Some Like it Hot, starring Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe. Marilyn’s ghost is also said to haunt the hotel.
Now, in case you’re wondering, I do my photography as Gayle Martin. If you would like to see more of my work please visit my website at GayleMartinPhotography.com.
Writers, particularly fiction writers, tend to be creative people, and many of us pursue other creative outlets. For instance, Cynthia, my editor, makes custom Barbie dresses for collectors along with custom jewelry. She has an online store called, Victorian West.
I happen to love photography. I got my first camera when I was ten, and I’ve been taking photos ever since. Perhaps this is the reason why some of the characters in my contemporary romance novels, such as Carrie Daniels in The Deception, and Danny Woodruff, in The Letter are photographers. I’ve even shared some of my photos on this blog. So, after much thought, I’ve decided to take my photography to the next level and make my work available to the public.
However, before we go any further, I need to let you know that for branding purposes I do different things under different names, and I do my photography as Gayle Martin. That said, I enjoy the great outdoors when I’m not writing, so much of my work is landscapes, although I’ve dabbled a little with studio photography. Learning how to do digital paintings is also on my bucket list.
My photography website and store is called, Gayle Martin Photography, and I’m presenting a nice variety of work. I hope you’ll stop by and take a look. In the meantime, I’ll keep writing contemporary romance novels.