... just drop into your lap?
This happened to me a few weeks ago, when I received a Cuttyhunk email with this essay. The young woman who wrote it distilled the essence of everything I'm trying to do with my Summerhood Island books into a few paragraphs.
Here's Sophia Corona explaining why I'm writing the series, without ever having heard of my book(s). (I've added pictures to try and illustrate for those poor souls who've never been to 'our' island.)
The greatest gift I have ever received could not be handed to me wrapped up in a box. Have you ever heard of a small island called Cuttyhunk? This little island has an area of about one square mile. It is located at the very western end of the Elizabeth Islands in Massachusetts.
Imagine waking up early in the morning, all by yourself, heading towards the beach; you don't even bother to put on your shoes. As you head towards the beach, there is absolutely no person walking by and the excitement is almost palpable. You turn your head east and the beautiful sunrise over the shining water with orange and pink colors wrapping themselves around the few clouds in sight. The wind blows the ocean spray to your lips,and you just can't resist the urge to taste the salty spray. Once you reach the beach,
This Cuttyhunk gift is also an amazing location to explore by yourself. I have walked around the entire island and found many secrets.
|photo a. hinson|
Moreover, everyone on Cuttyhunk is extremely kind and welcoming. Whenever I walk around the island, people say hello or wave as they pass by. Friends may spontaneously give you a ride or invite you to go sailing with them.
|Cuttyhunk yacht club boats|
Thank you Sofia, for your gift to us.