Monday, February 2, 2015

MONDAY MUSINGS: THE TREE HOUSE IN GIRL OF MINE

The tree house featured in my newest upcoming book, GIRL OF MINE, is inspired by an actual tree house that my father built on his property. It is AMAZING!


On occasion my parents let friends use their property for a wedding reception. The bride climbs to the top and throws her bouquet from the highest level.


Even as an adult, the tree house calls to me and brings out my inner child. I want to spend hours wandering the many levels while imagining grand adventures in my head.


When my siblings and I were young, my Dad promised to build us a play house. He had impressive plans for making it into a storybook cottage, similar to what Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs lived in.

Time passed, life interfered, and the play house was never built.

Then the play house was going to make an appearance for my children, his grandchildren.

But, alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Now my children have children. My father is retired and lives on property. He still has plans to build the play house.

The tree house took precedence, however, and was created by my father and one of his grandchildren.




I think he has more than redeemed himself over the play house promise, wouldn't you agree?



Now my grandchildren have an AMAZING place to play when they visit.
(And my adult children . . . and me! Let's face it, you're never too old to enjoy an amazing tree house!)



Good job, Dad. Good job!



And now, the tree house has made its way into one of my books.
It has made an impression on me, no doubt!
You might even say Jill and Luke fall in love in the tree house.
It's a great place for a budding romance.

GIRL OF MINE . . . COMING SOON





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14 comments:

  1. I love that tree house! I would have a nice comfy hammock and read all day in it! I can't wait for Girl of Mine!

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    1. Several of the grandchildren that live close haul sleeping bags up to the highest level and camp out all night. They've also had several slumber parties in the tree house. They do have hammocks set up in the forest part of their property, but the tree house just has tables and chairs set up on each level. I'll have to put in a request for a hammock inside the tree house! Good idea! It would be a perfect spot to read! But then my parents would never see me and I don't get to visit very often. They are in Oregon and I'm in the high plains of Texas. I guess that's why I'm obsessed with the beauty of their property. It's truly an oasis. (I didn't grow up there, this is where they retired.)

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  2. That is incredible! I love that you worked it into one of your books...and can't wait to see how! Yea for awesome dads!

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    1. I didn't plan on adding the tree house into this book, it just sort of came to me as I was writing. And it ended up being an integral part of the plot. I love showcasing my dad's amazing work. Landscaping is my dad's hobby and he has done incredible things with their property. It makes me smile to see the tree house incorporated into one of my books. I love adding personal details!

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  3. That is such a cool treehouse! What a fun thing to have for everyone to enjoy. I'm looking forward to reading more about it in your book!

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    1. Thank you, Melanie! I love that tree house. I'm still amazed that my dad built it. Girl of Mine is in the polishing stage and is almost complete. Can't wait for you to read it!

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  4. Fabulous tree house and I am curious how you incorporated it into the book. Hmmm...got me thinking.:-)

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    1. It's not a prominent feature in the book, and yet it ended up being important to the plot. It's a little tidbit that ends up being monumental.
      I knew you'd love the tree house with how much you love trees. You would love my Dad's property, Sherry! It's in Oregon and it is beautiful!

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    2. It even looks wonderful snow covered. LOL I think I would love to see it. :-)

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  5. It's enchanting, Taylor. I'm excited to see what part it plays in your new book!

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    1. I should probably clarify that only a small part of the book actually takes place on the tree house. It figures into the plot in a different, yet important way. And I was excited to share pictures of the actual tree house! Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

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  6. I just watched the trailer and you are tearing me apart. I can't see a happy ever after!

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    1. I promise, there will be a happy ending!!! There will always be a happy ending in my books. It's getting there that will be rough.

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    2. And that's why I love getting there!

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