I think that it’s safe to say that there is a special place in all of our hearts for small towns. After all, who wouldn’t want to live in Mayberry where residents smile and wave while the days slip by at a leisurely pace? There’s just something warm and comforting about old brick buildings with a rich past. Quaint shops sell one-of-a-kind treasures and diners serve up meatloaf and mashed potatoes and homemade apple pie for dessert.
I suppose my love of small towns goes back to my early childhood in Bellevue, Kentucky where we could walk to the butcher shop, bakery and grocery store. There were no malls so shopping meant a bus ride across the river to Cincinnati where we shopped in beautiful department stores and had lunch served on real china followed by a delicious dip of Graeter’s Ice cream. Later, we moved to suburbia but my love of small towns remained so it’s no wonder that I place most of my stories in a small town setting. I find it sad to travel through small towns who are struggling with Main Street all but shut down. Like in Cricket Creek, it’s always my hope that the residents will find a way bring life back to local shops and stores.
A recent article in USA Today http://www.businessinsider.com/the-ten-best-small-towns-in-america-2012-11?op=1 talks of friendly small towns and I wasn’t surprised that Kentucky has three in the top ten. I’d like to think that if Cricket Creek were real, it would have made the list! Do you have a favorite small town, local diner or shop that you love? Let me know! I will randomly choose a post and give away a copy of on one of the novels in my Cricket Creek series. You can catch an excerpt of Whisper’s Edge, (the May release in the series) at www.luannmclanecom.