The best part of writing for me is the research, I just love to learn new things! I never know where my story, or my characters for that matter, are going to take me. In Sea of Dreams, Brooke and Will traveled to a land called Wisteria by way of a magical portal they found in Maui. In my upcoming novel Winds of Change, Amie and Aleck find Wisteria as well, when they are swept into a portal by a windstorm at the Temple of Hera in Greece.
While none of the characters have traveled to the island of Socotra quite yet, I was fascinated by a picture I came across on the internet of a tree that grows there. The Dracaena cinnabari, commonly known as the Dragon Blood Tree, became an important part of my story when I found that the resin of the tree has been used since ancient times for medicinal purposes. It has also been used as currency in some cultures and to enhance protection, among other things, in Wiccan traditions. For more information, you can check out this site I found.
Just wanted to share the beauty of this odd and fascinating tree! Hope the image brings a little inspiration your way!