My stories take place in a fictional tri-town area located in central Vermont, within an hour of Montpelier, the state capital.
Chatham, Wild River, and Wingate share a regional high school, a small cottage hospital, and, among them, all the necessities of rural life including a feed store, local diner, general store, and late-night watering hole.
I decided to create my own towns primarily to protect my characters from speculation about who they might “really” be if the stories were set in actual Vermont towns of relatively small size. Still, their attributes remain true to a variety of small Vermont towns.
Vermont is a unique place–one of beauty but also isolation. Vermonters tend to mind their own business and leave their neighbors alone. Still, they know everybody in town, and it can be hard to keep things private.