Here in New Zealand, we are surrounded by the ocean, so it shouldn’t be surprising that the beach plays a role in my series. Kotahi Bay is a seaside town, and while the beach isn’t a huge part of The Way the Sky Curves, it certainly has a bigger role in Shell and Bone.
I live on the west coast of the North Island, and the beaches here are gorgeous with their black sand, high cliffs and excellent surf. The wind comes in strong at times, and it is never more raw, more vital than when the wind is throwing the tide against the sand and whisking grains against the back of your calves.
Kotahi Bay is also set on the west coast of NZ. It’s an amalgamation of several small towns I’ve known, and my beloved beach, with it’s cliffs and sand dunes, black sand and striking beauty.
I ADORE the beaches around here. They make me feel alive and whole, tiny in the grand scheme, but also connected to the world we live in and my ancestors.
Actually, I just realized that I posted about iron sand for last years A-Z challenge! Check out that post for a few more pictures 🙂