One of my favorite things to do when writing is creating fictional towns. Making up a town allows me a lot of creative freedom. Not only do I get to name the town, streets, etc, but I get to pick how it looks as well.
When it came to creating my fictional town of Maple Run, Virginia, I was actually inspired by an outing I went on with my mother and two sons. One year we decided to go pick some apples. As we drove through western Loudoun County, Virginia, I saw this barn a little ways off from where we drove. (Unfortunately the picture in this post isn’t the original barn. Didn’t think of taking a picture.)
I’ve been obsessed with barns since I was a little kid. Maybe that’s the Texan in me. ;) Anyway, I got to wondering what they had in there. There weren’t any livestock outside. No animal sightings at all. As we drove, my mind got to wondering. If I could buy that barn, what would I do with it? Turn it into a house? A library?
Slowly but surely, an idea for Buying Love was born. The barn would make a perfect place for a restaurant. In my Maple Run series, everyone loves to stop and eat at The Maple Pit. It’s a barbecue-home-down-cooking type of eatery. The chefs use maple in almost all of their recipes, hence the name.
Now that I had the heart of the story, I moved on to the rest of the setting. In my mind Maple Run is obviously outfitted with maple trees, the restaurant, and country-style homes. The matriarch of the Williams family lives in a wonderful home that was inspired by this home. There’s also a B&B that appears in book two in the series.
And of course, I filled it with awesome characters I wish were real.
What’s your favorite thing about a fictional setting? Answer the question by 5/17/19, 2:00pm EDT and I’ll pick a random winner to gift an eBook copy of Buying Love to.