I created a town called Lake Harmony which sits west of Chicago for my debut series. This little town and all its characters have been floating around in my head for a couple of years, and I knew it was time to write them down and bring them to life. To create this series I went through a period where I developed the town (Map attached) and all the main characters. These are living, breathing, people in my imaginary town that grow and change as I write my stories. It is interesting as a writer to see how the story becomes real and takes some twists and turns, even I wasn’t expecting.
I am sharing this map with you so that you can also try to envision the town, businesses, and everything written about in the Lake Harmony series.
Happy Reading- T
Hello and welcome!
I grew up in a suburb of Chicago (Wheaton, Illinois) which sits west of the city. It was one of those Midwest communities that is a safe place to raise kids and has a lot of activities and places to enjoy. We have a downtown area that provides restaurants, shops, and even an alley candy shop (The Little Popcorn Store) where you can buy individual treats for a few cents.
The Lake Harmony series takes the vibe- web, and flow- from my childhood and a community that was involved and welcoming. (Think Normal Rockwell) Growing up, most of us couldn't wait to go to college and move away. Many couldn't wait to experience the real world. I mean our town was dry (no booze-really!) and I believe it is in the Trivial Pursuit game for having the most churches per area. Look it up! LOL, It was/is a pretty conservative town, which was interesting for my very open and liberal views. I survived though (not without getting into trouble) and most likely converted many friends to my way of thinking.
I wanted to showcase a town similar to what I grew up in and share it with my readers. I moved Lake Harmony further west than where I grew up and also took a bunch of towns nearby "home" and smashed them together in my make-believe community. I added a lake, because why not-and I love being on the water! Of course, there is drama, because in all communities there is, right! You always seem to have the better neighborhood or subdivision of town: the upper crust and the normal middle class. This is also written into my story.
Anyway, I hope that you enjoy Lake Harmony and all it has to offer. There will be a series written about the town and its many characters flowing from one book to the next.
Happy Reading~ T