When I was about to begin the Murders by Design Series, I was torn about where to place it. The old adage, “Write about what you know” echoed in my head and wouldn’t go away even though I wanted it to. There’s a lot of wisdom in that saying, so why was I resisting?
My DH said, “Use New England as a setting. You were raised there and know it well. Why reinvent the wheel?” Writing pals offered much the same advice, and it’s good advice. But that’s not where I wanted to go.
I didn’t want to visit all the locales I once knew, not even in my mind. The movie theater that’s no more, the church John and I were married in and that later burned to the ground, the house I grew up in . . . it’s so small now. My father’s grave. The high school where I met my first love . . . where is he today?
No, all of these memories come crowding in and crowding out a fresh beginning. I needed to get in a happy zone, in a brand new place where I had no long history, just a clean canvas I could paint with humor and fresh, tongue-in-cheek colors. So I chose my current home town,
. Naples, Florida
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