The new Romance series is set in a fictional resort about two miles north of a fictional town on the Oregon Coast. The Rocky Shores Resort comes completely from my imagination. It is not based on any place I’ve seen or read about. Otter Bay, on the other hand, is a fictionalized version of Depoe Bay, allowing for any changes needed to support the stories.
Geographically, Otter Bay replaces Depoe Bay. And the Rocky Shores Resort is on a bit of land which is actually part of the Fogarty Creek State Park, just north of Boiler Bay. The creek empties into the ocean through a beach which is north of the fictional resort. Other, real places to visit on the Oregon Coast will be featured in the books.
I spent the day yesterday, traipsing around The Devil’s Punchbowl, Depoe Bay and Fogarty Creek State Park taking photos. I set my dSLR camera to fully automatic and went about collecting images for reference. It was very difficult to not switch back to manual, but I wasn’t looking for perfect photos, just images that would help me visualize the area for the outside scenes.
The images shown in the post represent some of the photos I took. The featured image at the top has nothing to do with the book! On the beach at Fogarty Creek, my husband pointed out two bald eagles in the trees. They were too far away to get a really good shot without changing lenses. However, there was a heavy mist—or light rain—and I didn’t want to expose the inside of the camera to that. So… lousy shot of an incredible opportunity. Two bald eagles in the wild.