Robbin Hayes came to Southern California as a toddler and has been there ever since. "I love our warm weather, summers at the beach, jogging and biking alongside the ocean too much to ever consider leaving," she says. But she also enjoys being a world traveler, which is reflected in her writing. Although her first novel, Beneath an English Sun, was set largely in Edwardian England, Robbin is fascinated by exotic places. She's seen Machu Picchu, the bullfights in Madrid, the Coliseum in Rome, the medina in Casablanca, and photographed the mountain gorillas in Uganda, climbed Kilimanjaro, crawled through the famed tunnels in Vietnam and even traveled the Amazon by small boat. As an author she believes in "walking the same ground" as the characters in her stories, which has never been more evident than in her latest novel, Dance Naked, where the description of the locations that her characters inhabit are too vividly real to have been imagined.