It’s not that they live in an urban setting, my female characters, with upscale restaurants and trendy bistros. Or even a pleasant suburb, with cute coffee shops and delightful little delis. That’s what you think of when you hear the expression, “Ladies Who Lunch.”
No, these gals live in rural areas, for the most part…pretty countryside, but not noted for fine dining. They work. They wear jeans. They ride horses.
And they eat lunch together quite a bit. Well, maybe not lunch exactly but they do get together for an early dinner sometimes, after a particularly stressful day. They like to go to Vermillion, a restaurant mentioned several times in Book 1, Fool Me Once, and in Book 2, A Bitter Wind Blows. They spend quite a bit of time on each other’s porches, feet up on the railing, glass of wine in hand and snacks at their elbow. In Book 3, Signs of Life, life is pretty hectic and there’s quite a bit of take-out from local restaurants but no long lunches. But in Book 4, Ride A Pale Horse, the Cowboy Cafe′ at Riverwood is a well-patronized meeting place for a sandwich, a salad, or a cup of coffee and dessert.
Why all the emphasis on eating? Because dialog between the characters when they meet for a meal is a PERFECT way for them to ruminate (no pun intended) on a particular event and provide alternate viewpoints or elaborate on the situation, or convey information to the reader that isn’t apparent through the action….that’s why!