Sometimes the tiniest things—a passing look from a stranger, a snippet of overheard conversation, a sunset against the mountains—can inspire or inform a story. When I wrote Pura Vida, I was lucky enough to have the beautiful setting of Costa Rica fresh in my mind as a backdrop for my guys.

It’s a truly amazing country and I recommend it to all travelers. Since I’ve been a few times, I’ve amassed more pictures than can be stored on a single hard drive. I thought I’d share just a few of them with you now, so you can get a glimpse into the world where Simon found love.

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Anyone else been to Costa Rica? Any good stories? I may or may not have fallen in quicksand and lost a shoe.


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