There’s no doubt about it. Cities are exciting. Everything’s at your fingertips–theater, dining, museums, shopping for real designer clothes(or at least very convincing knock-offs!) and entertainment of all sorts. There’s so much to do and so little time.
When you live in fly over country, uh…reverse that.
For example, last time was I in NYC having a meal with my editor and agent, the dinner conversation about what was going on in our respective worlds went something like this:
Beloved Editor: “I recently saw the most amazing new Broadway show.”
Tireless & Long-Suffering Agent: “From the window of my office I can watch wind surfers on the river.”
Not that living in a small town doesn’t have its charms. I love the fact that I’m likely to meet someone I know every time I pop into the store for a gallon of milk. And even though your neighbors are likely to be nosy, it’s usually out of genuine concern.
That’s why when I started writing The Coldwater Warm Hearts Club, I decided to make the town a bit of a character itself. I gave Coldwater Cove all the things I look for in a small town. It’s nestled in the green Ozark hills and is snugged up to a spring-fed lake, with icy water so clean you can see clear to the bottom. There’s a charming Town Square around a slightly fussy Victorian courthouse and a gazebo in the middle of the city park by the lakeside where the community band holds slightly out-of-tune concerts on soft summer evenings. It’s home to a quirky liberal arts college whose graduates are almost guaranteed not to get jobs in their fields of study. And even though Coldwater Cove has had high speed internet for a couple of years, the fastest way to spread the news is still the Methodist Prayer Chain.
I know “worldbuilding” is supposed to be the province of sci-fi and fantasy authors, but I felt like I was building a little world of my own. A kinder, slower-paced world. A place where no one gets robo-calls from politicians. OK, maybe even Coldwater Cove can’t get away from that, but you get the idea. I wanted to create a town everyone would want to live in.
Too bad my heroine didn’t want to. If you’d like to see what happens when Lacy has to move back to Coldwater Cove, please pop over to check out the first chapter!
“[A] strong debut….The heart-tugging scenes, stellar characters, captivating secondary storylines, and small-town charisma will whet readers’ appetites for a return visit to Coldwater.” – Publishers Weekly