IMPORTANT: This is a ‘Special Feature’ web post! Spoilers do pop up! If you don’t want to know about the locales of the Off the Map series or haven’t read where our couple end up in Inside Out, check back after you’ve read the book!
Never has love spanned across so many continents than Lia Riley‘s stunning duo of Bran and Talia: their relationship started on the busy streets of Australia, flew over to North America, Tasmania and Africa, settling finally at the doorstep of the Golden Gate Bridge . . .
As Bran and Talia explore the world, they do so in the footsteps of their creator Lia Riley! Did you know that every place they visit was inspired by her own experiences or the people around her?
As we celebrate this week’s publication of Inside Out, follow along on the map below to read into how each place in the Off the Map trilogy stemmed from the author’s own life.
And try not to get jealous. 🙂
‘I studied abroad in regional New South Wales, where I met and fell in love with my now husband. Long-distance international relationships are tricky, and often require a leap of faith to succeed. In our case, I moved to Hobart, Tasmania at twenty-two, leaving behind family, friends, a state I loved (Montana), two classes shy of finishing my degree. The first six months that my boyfriend and I lived together were challenging. I had to take remote college courses to graduate, visa issues limited my work options, and homesickness proved a struggle. Out of any of the Off the Map books, Sideswiped (Book #2 Off the Map), felt the most personal.’
‘I wanted Talia to experience the Peace Corps, so choosing Malawi as a destination was a no-brainer. My younger sister spent almost three years in the country, running HIV/AIDS education and women empowerment programs. She kindly spent the majority of our time together last Christmas reading my first few chapters of Inside Out (Book #3 Off the Map), and pointing out everything I got wrong (and promptly fixed). I’m in her debt on that one. Big time.’
Santa Cruz/San Francisco
‘I live in Santa Cruz, a quintessential California beach town, on the northern edge of Monterey Bay. It’s known for its great climate, stunning coastline, redwood forests, funky locals, and socially liberal leanings. It is also home to the University of California, Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, an oceanfront amusement park operating on the main city beach. Last winter, I strolled through the Boardwalk, and noticed a cave in the sandstone cliffs along the San Lorenzo River. As a good smutty-minded romance writer, a naughty plot bunny hatched, and I went straight home and wrote the whole Boardwalk cave smexy scene. It’s the only scene in the book that I didn’t make any edits on, LOL. Living local to a book setting has its advantages!
Only an hour away, San Francisco is an amazing, eclectic city perfect for a vibrant couple like Talia and Bran (although I predict these two will move around a bit).’