Does art imitate life or vice versa? Honestly, your guess is as good as mine. For my Sanctuary series, however, I’m pulling a lot from my own experiences. I know small town Texas, having lived here for over half my life. I know country towns and all the various stereotypes that go with them. I’ve been standing in the local convenience store with no wallet (because ADHD sucks sometimes) and had the employees let me go on good faith, both because they know I will pay for my goods and that my house is only a ten minute walk away.
Even with all the positive stereotypes and the peaceful life, there is always a less than ideal side to everything. I know the gossipy women and the old men who sit all day drinking coffee, calling the waitress by name because they’ve all known her since she was in diapers. Not only do I know them, but I’m related to many of them and it’s hard sometimes. I know the made up prejudices and a lot of the challenges my characters face. I like writing about their struggles and enjoy giving them the victories that, sometimes, I did not get myself. I know Sanctuary, Texas because it’s the place I call home.