My novels are set in West Virginia and the surrounding Appalachian Mountains. I’m the seventh generation of my family to have lived on the WV farm where I grew up. I treasure my heritage and consider myself a West Virginian even though I now live in the mountains of NC (hey, it’s still Appalachia!).
Each year, The State Journal, publishes a list of 55 Good Things About West Virginia. Of course, there are way more than 55, but it’s a good list. There’s a fantastic sounding chocolate shop–DeFleuris Fine Chocolates. There’s Adaland Mansion where I’ve enjoyed brunch on several occasions. There’s Morgan Chapel with its walls covered in Civil War graffiti. There’s the Blennerhassett Hotel in Parkersburg–a place I’d very much like to stay one of these days. And there’s my friend Dale Hawkins, who grew up just up the road from my family, and who is now a key voice in community supported agriculture. His Fish Hawk Acres is just one more reason I sometimes think seriously about moving home again one of these days.
Click here to learn more about why I LOVE my home state. And where I get much of the inspiration for my novels.