Look Out Music City…

Me and my sister Cindy near Lake Watauga in Centennial Park.

Hey Everyone!

So if you follow me on Twitter/Facebook, I’m sure you’ve noticed I’ve been talking an awful lot about honky tonks and Southern living…Well, that’s because as of August 2, 2011 I will officially be a resident of Nashville, Tennessee!  This move of mine has been planned officially for over a year, but I’ve thought about it for a while before that.  Most people ask me why would I want to move away from New York…

To put it simply: I’m sick of New York.

The hustle and bustle of being in Manhattan can drive me crazy, but what’s even worse is living just outside Manhattan in Staten Island or Long Island and having to travel by boat, train, bus, etc. for hours to get to an event is brutal.  I don’t drive and that doesn’t bother me for the most part.  In Long Island, however, it’s frustrating.  I only moved there to spend time with my niece and nephew before I moved to Nashville – and to save money for my move.  It’s impossible to get around in Long Island without a car.  As for Staten Island, transportation isn’t really the issue, except for when I have to go into Manhattan and transportation always fails me…The steamy subways and their annoying re-routes, the ferry and its crazies…

Anyway, I love New York.  I do – it will always be home to me in some way.  My family and friends are there and I will miss them all terribly, but something has been pulling me away.  So with the start of my 4th novel, “The Watch Dog”, I decided I needed a new inspirational environment to set the scene for this book.  Nashville popped into my mind when I thought about the main character Garrett “Rett” Baker.  So the seed was planted and the more time I spent working in Manhattan, the more I wanted to leave New York.

Last Wednesday, I left for my first visit to Music City…Nashville far exceeded my expectations!!  The history, the scenery, the music, the nightlife – wow!!  I am so proud to be moving here!!  Nashville is the perfect mix of big city in a small town!  The people are so friendly and literally, there’s live music everywhere you go, except for Starbucks, which is where I am now.  Starbucks is pretty much the same everywhere, which is good – since I’ll still be working here, so it’s like the comfort of something from home whenever I need it.

Anyway, I figured it has been a while since I last blogged and thought you might want to know what’s going on with my life, my next novel and StarShine Magazine.  I’ll be finishing up a series of vignettes as part of the “Dream Catchers” series, which will be available on Kindle.com this fall!  And I’m eager to get to work on “The Watch Dog”, which will be released in 2012.  As for StarShine – I’ll be posting interviews with the cast of “The Casserole Club” soon and hopefully, some other cool interviews soon.  Since country music will be so accessible to me now, I will be letting you guys know about some well-known and not so well known, but just as talented artists on the scene!

Thank you guys for all your support!!  Keep reading 🙂

Hugs, Kisses & Stars,

Sandy Lo