Well, easily enough, it’s because I live in Mount Vernon. Write what you know, right? Well, I know all about it, it’s easy for me to envision when I need to describe it (with some exaggerations) and I like it here.
I’m not originally from Mount Vernon. My family and I chose to move here. Wanting to live in a place more like my hometown, we decided on Mount Vernon when we came to look at some potential houses. While we were house shopping, we found the residents were actually friendly! People here are incredibly nice, much like what I’m accustomed to being from the south.
Many of the places in my book are actual Mount Vernon landmarks, with the names changed a bit. Lily’s favorite restaurant is modeled after one of my favorite restaurants here in town. The Memorial Theatre is real and has some wonderful events, and the Chapman Mansion… if you know Mount Vernon you know all about this one. Granted, it’s a bit larger in the book and I took some creative liberties with it, but it’s not that far of a stretch. Much like Lily, someday I would love to own it, but as far as I know vampires don’t live there.