I think when you live somewhere for so long, it begins to lose some of the charm that drew you to the place initially. If you have always lived in the same town, possibly it never held that charm at all because you took the lovely place you call home for granted. I, myself, have committed this same offense. Originally I am from a small town in Kentucky, and I never realized what a wonderful place it actually was until I moved away.
Getting back to my point, I believe so many people who are lucky enough to call Mount Vernon home also take what a cute little town this is for granted. I chose to live here. The gorgeous old homes along East High Street, the beautifully renovated old buildings on Main and the friendly people make Mount Vernon an incredible place to hang your hat. Maybe that is why I seem to be obsessed with buying real estate in this town. How can you walk away from a 160 year old home with high ceilings and gorgeous wood trim? This town is beautiful.
The inspiration for so many of the places mentioned in the book are actual Mount Vernon landmarks. The restaurants, the theaters, the mansion - all quite real. Mount Vernon provides an environment rich in aesthetics for someone with an overactive imagination.
Women always say that when you find the perfect wedding dress, you'll know it immediately. I never felt that way about a dress, but I have about a town. New Orleans is my perfect fit. From the moment I stepped foot in the quarter, I knew I was in love.
There is no other place quite like it. The smells, the sounds, the look of it - all unique. I could blather on and on about this place, butI think I have gotten my point across. I didn't just write yet another vampire book that was set in NOLA. My vampires are there because I want to be there. And someday soon, I will.