"I was born in a small town."
Yeah, that's a great John Cougar Mellencamp song. And it describes me. I grew up on a 50 acre sheep ranch on a narrow, winding road in remote Sonoma County. It took us 30 minutes to drive into town (if it wasn't raining).
Fast forward to Victoria Curran asking me if I wanted to write for Heartwarming. Of course, I thought of small towns. But not just any small town. I wanted a small town in trouble.
Welcome to Harmony Valley! Things aren't as harmonious here as they once were. Jobs have dried up and almost everyone under the age of 60 has moved away, leaving the population rather gray-haired and peaceful. Too peaceful for some residents, who want to make sure the town doesn't die off with them. Each book in the series explores the relationships between young and old, small town traditions and newfangled developments of the outside world (like the "interweb" - LOL), and the joys and challenges of falling in love.
I also wanted the series to have a light tone, because that's how I deal with the serious issues in life in general. Hence the roots of a scene in the first book, Dandelion Wishes, where Granny Rose enters wearing long johns, rain boots, and carrying an Elvis umbrella. Anyone who's dealt with an aging parent sneaking off in the night in his thermal underwear to drive through Jack-in-the-Box for tacos and a senior coffee can probably relate to this. You hug, you softly scold, you take away their car keys every night, and then laugh about it with you Facebook friends.
Or maybe that's just my crazy life. Ahem...
I'd love it if you'd share some of your life's craziness involving family - young or old - by commenting on this blog post.
In the meantime, here's my beautiful cover one more time (sigh).
Dandelion Wishes is available on the Harlequin site, Amazon, iTunes, and BN. To stay in touch with my life's craziness, you can sign up for my book release newsletter at my website, follow me on Twitter (@MelCurtisAuthor) or like me on Facebook (MelindaCurtisAuthor). Looking forward to hearing your life's crazy drama!
And per Victoria's request, here is my new puppy! Tally is 1/2 Yorkie, 1/2 ShiTzu (a Shorkie!).