It's Wine O'Clock Somewhere" by Jayne Ormerod

Yorktown Battlefield, Part of the Colonial National Historic Park, Virginia.

Yorktown Battlefield, Part of the Colonial National Historic Park, Virginia.

“It’s Wine O’clock omewhere” has a REALTOR® as its POV (point of view) character.  My day job is that of finding beautiful homes for buyers and listing homes for those needing to move.  They say “write what you know.”  In fact, the bomb shelter described in the opening scene was something I discovered in a house near the beach.  I took pictures and everything, knowing full well that it would end up in a story someday.  I chose to set the story in Yorktown, Virginia because, also like my character, I didn’t appreciate history until I was an adult.  I find America’s Historic Triangle of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown, Virginia offers fertile ground for story ideas.  When in the area, I also make time to visit the Yorktown Riverwalk District. The calamari mentioned is based on a menu item at my favorite place to stop for a snack and a drink.  When it comes to the wine references, again I follow the “write what you know” advice.  Salud! 

Jayne Ormerod grew up in a small Ohio town and attended a small-town Ohio college. Upon earning her accountancy degree she became a CIA (that’s not a sexy spy thing, but a Certified Internal Auditor). She married a naval officer, and off they went to see the world. After fifteen moves, she realized she needed a more transportable vocation, so she turned to writing. Jayne writes cozy mysteries about small towns with beach settings.  Learn more about Jayne and her stories at www.JayneOrmerod.com.