I remember the exact moment I dreamt up the VERY big picture idea for the novel that would become my first published book.
I was sitting at my in-laws kitchen table, and we were talking about me starting to dabble in writing. I’d finished my first novel, but it was–rough. Let’s just leave it at that. But I wanted to see if I was more than just a “I wrote a book” writer–if I could write *gasp* TWO books.
I joked around that I should write a series about sandwiches. They all looked at me funny, but then I explained that I was born in the small town of SANDWICH, Illinois, and how hilarious would a book be set in the town of Sandwich?
We all laughed and made funny jokes about the crazy idea, but it wouldn’t get out of my head.
I wrote romance with a splash of humor.
How could I NOT write a story in my hometown of Sandwich?!?
At the time, there was a series being published by Summerside Press called “Love Finds You” —
I could TOTALLY see a “Love Finds You in Sandwich, Illinois.”
Well, by the time I finished it, Summerside wasn’t publishing Love Finds You books anymore, and another publisher was interested in my sandwich romance novel. And thus, Sandwich, with a Side of Romance was birthed! (Which is comical considering there is also a Conception, MO, but I’m not gonna be the author to touch that one!)
So I thought we’d chat about fun named settings that you have seen a romance novel set in (or would like to see a book set in!)
One of my “to-be-published” books has a section of the book set in Embarrass, Minnesota, a tinier than tiny town in North Minnesota. And yeah, the girl who lives there is VERY embarrassed about something (and of course it is ALL the hero’s fault!)
So it’s your turn! Give me your BEST town name setting!