Have you ever been so attached to a fictional town that you wish you could visit it yourself?
One of my favorite things about writing a series is creating the world that surrounds it. Instead of using an existing town, I like to create fictional places for my characters to live, grow, and love. That’s why Kitner, Texas, the place where my Love’s Compass series is based, means so much to me. There’s just something special about a small town and the businesses and people who make it unforgettable.
For example, in Kitner, there’s Capturing the Moment Photography owned by Laurie, the heroine in Finding Peace. She enjoys taking portraits, and the studio is a dream come true for her. But what she really loves is working with families who have children with special needs. She can go to their homes, help the kids feel comfortable in their own environment, and really captures their true personalities.
And then there’s the little eating establishment just down the street. Every time I write about Daisy Belle’s Diner, I think of the sweet older lady who runs the place. She welcomes everyone in with a smile and the promise of a home cooked meal that’ll have them coming back for more. But it isn’t just about the food. She’s there to help Laurie after her photo studio is broken into. Sure, half the town might know about it later, but she’d do anything for a neighbor.
And we can’t forget Police Officer Tuck Chandler, the man who goes out of his way to not only investigate the break-in, but who refuses to let Laurie deal with the situation on her own when it begins to escalate. He’ll do anything to protect her, and it’s not just because he’s an officer. It has a lot to do with the people who raised him, and the extended family that means so much to him.
There are just a few examples of some of the unforgettable people living in this fictional town that I’ve come to love.
Do you wish you could visit Kitner?
If this small town sounds like a place you’d like to read about, you can get the first book in the series, Finding Peace, for FREE. It’s available on Amazon, Apple, Google Play, Kobo, and Barnes and Noble. I hope you enjoy it, and that you’ll fall in love with Kitner as much as I did.