Welcome! A new Dare Valley book is on sale, and people have started asking me how my idea for the town of Dare Valley came about. Well, I was born in a small town in the Midwest with a Main Street dotted with brick buildings. I also was blessed to spend many summers with my grandparents in another special small town. Having people pop over for a visit, a cup of coffee, and some pie was a regular occurrence. I loved the sense of community. My family runs a newspaper there–something started back in 1892 when my great-great grandpa won his first newspaper in a poker game. He’s quite a character (and if you’re wondering, yes, Arthur Hale in my series is based after him).
I wanted Dare Valley to have the community spirit I felt growing up. Things like being able to park downtown and run your errands, come out for a special parade, and trick-or-treat in safety. I went to graduate school out West in a small town in the mountains, so Dare Valley is a combination of these places I have lived in. With a little extra imagination, of course. And food. I just love food.
I hope you continue to enjoy The Dare Valley series as much as I do. Thanks again for stopping by. I’d love for you to sign up for my newsletter so I can keep you posted about upcoming titles. I’m also on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, so I hope you’ll join the conversation there as well. We’re continuing to run some fun contests with Dare Valley Swag and will be having more big reveals around the future Dare Valley books, so stay tuned.
Lots of light,