Let’s Talk with Tina Whittle

Hitting the Road

by Tina Whittle

In a few weeks, I’ll be offering a new novella featuring my series protagonists Tai and Trey. “Creature Comforts” is technically an epilogue, continuing a minor story line from the sixth novel, Necessary Ends, to its…well, necessary end. In that book, Trey lost a bet, and as forfeit he has to spend one night camping. On the ground. In a tent. And Tai is not letting him off the hook.

I feel for him, I really do. I am not a camping person either. I do love the great outdoors, but I prefer to interact with it from the comfort of a well-appointed cabin, where room service is only a phone call away.

My friends know this about me. Which is why they were all stunned when they saw my Facebook post about the new addition sitting in our driveway—a pop-up camper. “Have you become a camping person?” they mused.

Well…maybe. It’s not the Ritz, but this little tow-behind has two fold-out queen-bed-sized sleeping areas, a kitchenette (with refrigerator), a dining table, and—most importantly—a bathroom with toilet and sink and hot-water shower. This is enough comfort for me for a long weekend (I hope).

Soon my husband and I will take our pint-sized tent on wheels on an adventure, probably to one of our many state parks here in South Georgia or North Florida. I’m hoping that I can talk him into putting a mint on my pillow so that I can pretend we have room service.

How about you? Do you have something adventurous on your horizon?

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Comments

  1. My mom was our Brownie/Girl Scout troop leader, but camping wasn’t something she enjoyed, and our family never braved the outdoors. The closest she ever came was when, for her 50th anniversary, she and my dad chartered a small catamaran for a Caribbean vacation and invited kids and grandkids (all grown) to come along. It was like camping, except there was a cook and plumbing.

  2. I am not a camping person either. As I’ve just returned from being away for 12 days, I want to stay home and get caught up in everything. That’s the bad part about going on vacation. Eventually you have to return to reality.

    • tinawhittle says:

      It was great to see you at Bouchercon! But I agree — getting caught up is very challenging. I prefer home to the road, though. Not a traveling gal.

  3. Omigosh. We camped as a family when our kids were young, and it seemed to be a LOT of WORK. My husband expected to come home from his job to find all the gear, food, and clothes ready to go. It would take days for me to get the stuff ready, and I was on edge the whole time we camped. I felt so exposed! By the time we got home, I was beyond exhausted, but there was the car to unpack, the kids to manage, the gross laundry to wrangle. I’m glad hotels were invented. That’s how I prefer to sleep when I’m traveling! God Bless You and keep you safe on your travels. Maybe you will learn to like RVing.

  4. cherylhollon says:

    I love to camp — from tent to cabin to backpacking. My favorite local place is Ft. DeSoto campground. It has wonderful water views and gorgeous trails for biking and hiking. There are also some wonderful beaches for shelling. I’m a happy camper!

  5. And Tina! I saw that one of your books is running at a special price! DARKER THAN ANY SHADOW for just $2.99!

  6. I am also NOT a camper, although those pop-ups aren’t SO bad. When I was a kid, we used to sleep in one when we went to visit my grandparents since they didn’t have enough room for ten extra (my family and my aunt’s family) people in their house. My adventure this year just might be buying a new house! (if the sellers decide to accept our offer)

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