I thought you might like to see some of the visuals that inspired me while I wrote Caterina’s story.
Let’s start with Kade.
Big, handsome Kade Rawlings – a rugged, deputy sheriff who works hard to maintain a gruff demeanor although he’s really a big softie.
The moment I saw Alan Ritchson‘s photo, I knew I’d found my inspiration for Kade.
When I was searching for a feisty Italian girl, Mila Kunis seemed like a great choice.
Of course, since Kade and Garrett Nash are best friends, we get to revisit Garrett and Aundy, picking up their story about a month after Aundy ended.
Josh Turner was my inspiration for Garrett…
While Jennifer Morrison filled the role of Aundy.
Some characters making return appearances are J.B. and Nora Nash, Dent (Aundy’s foreman), Nik Gandiaga, and Butter (Nik’s pet lamb).
There are a few new characters you’ll meet:
Ike – a blue Great Dane who adopted Kade. Ike, like his owner, can be a bit standoffish, unless he likes that person – then watch out.
Kade needed a dog, so when I was researching different breeds, I came across this photo:
In addition to his dog, Kade takes very good care of his horse, Pete. He needed a horse that was strong and tough, but also one that was quite eye-catching. This one certainly fit the bill. Spending a lot of time alone, Kade has the habit of talking to Pete. Sometimes the horse answers, sometimes he doesn’t, but it makes Kade feel better to talk to him. (But don’t tell anyone, Kade would hate for word to get out that he did something as crazy as talk to animals!).
There were a few other items I used for visual inspiration. I won’t give you details on them because they might spoil the story, but I’ll share the images:
A Map of1900 New York City
A Pietra Dura Locket
A vintage spice box. Opening the lid, you would see six spice tins inside, designed to keep spices fresh and rodents and bugs out.
For more visual images from the story, go to Caterina’s Board on Pinterest.