Today we have a special guest post from author Hope Ramsay. She has stopped in on her blog tour celebrating the release of her new book Welcome to Last Chance. I asked Hope what she thinks the appeal of small town living is and here is her reply:
I was born in New York City, and grew up on Long Island, about four miles from the Queens County line. But I still grew up in a small town -- the incorporated village of Great Neck, NY.
Great Neck had a railroad station, a village green with a gazebo, and a business district filled with small town merchants, including a green grocer and a butcher that my mother knew by name. We had store accounts at the pharmacy and the hardware store -- a wonderful place with wood floors and that amazing hardware store smell that you can't find at Lowe's.
Every year, Great Neck hosted a community-wide celebration on Memorial Day. The Village was draped in red, white, and blue bunting and we put on a parade. I marched in the Memorial Day parade as a Brownie, a Girl Scout, and in several marching bands.
Every summer, instead of going off to summer camp, my Aunt Annie took me to South Carolina to visit with my mother's relatives in a town named Denmark that was smaller than Great Neck, but not all that dissimilar. There was a train station, and my Uncle Earnest was the butcher and green grocer. On the Fourth of July they draped Main Street in red, white, and blue. And everyone gathered for a big barbecue down at the local swimming hole on the Edisto River.
Today, I live in Alexandria, Virginia--right across the Potomac from the Nation's Capital. And even though Alexandria has been overrun by the suburbs, it still retains a lot of its small town charm. We have a business district filled with independent merchants, and we hold a parade every year on George Washington's birthday, where we drape the old buildings in red, white, and blue. I've marched in that parade as a Brownies and Girl Scouts leader.
I guess that makes me a bona fide small town girl. So naturally I write small town stories, because that's what I know. I don't think I could write a dark, urban story if my life depended upon it.
And don't get me started on dystopia stories. When I pick up a novel, I want to be encouraged and uplifted, not depressed.
And I guess that's the secret to stories set in small towns. There are lots of folks just like me who want to read about people caring for one another, instead of stories about demons or things that go bump in the night.
I am so grateful that there is a place for both kinds of stories. And I'm grateful for readers who are like me and want to visit a place where people are mostly kind to one another, and the conflicts come from the everyday world of living.
Hope, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts with us and good luck on the tour with your lovely new book, Welcome to Last Chance.
Readers learn more about Hope by visiting her website at http://www.hoperamsay.com/ and be sure to stay tuned here as my review and a GIVEAWAY will be coming up next!
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