Why are all my stories based in Louisville? I was born and raised here in Louisville, Kentucky, and I think it’s a great town. Sure, we have our problems, but all in all, we are kind of the best of both worlds – a little bit small-town and a little bit big city. Our location on the US map is pretty central as a whole, but we are mostly Southern in our sentiments and friendliness. A Louisvillian can be anything from redneck to city slicker, and all points in between. We have so much great history and interesting places to see and go, like Farmington, Locust Grove, and the Farnsley-Moorman House, to name a few. Most people don’t know that our Old Louisville section, which is the country’s third largest historic preservation district, is billed as “America’s Victorian Treasure.” Its Victorian architecture consists of churches, museums, bed and breakfast inns, schools, parks, and thousands of grand homes built between the 1870’s and the early 1900’s. Louisville has eighteen elegant, historic parks and six parkways that were designed by the famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted in 1891, and is considered the ultimate park system of his career. We have our beloved and wonderful Belle of Louisville, which is the last of her kind, an original steam powered paddlewheel boat (vs. a reproduction). Built in 1914 as the passenger ferry Idlewild, then reinvented as the Avalon, finally, in 1962, the city of Louisville purchased her and gave the old girl a facelift, christening her the grand Belle of Louisville. She’s a joy to ride. Another famous aspect about Louisville is - we have the Kentucky Derby! The rich, the famous, and everyday people come from all over the world for that. Every year, Derby week opens with “Thunder Over Louisville”, the largest annual nighttime fireworks display in North America – people fly in from everywhere for that alone. All within a half-hour’s drive, we have modern, downtown life, or rural peaceful land and homes, and everything in between. And then, there’s the Ohio River, which is very important to Louisville, and is nearly a mile wide at the down area. The river – and the “falls” here – are the very reason Louisville even exists. The Ohio is our source of drinking water, lots of recreation, and even travel. I could go on, and I guess all this sounds like a travel-guide for the city, but they are some of the reasons I chose to keep my stories centered here – or if not centered, then at least part of each story will feature Louisville. I have ideas for a dozen more books, in different eras, in which Louisville will be the backdrop. I love my hometown, and I guess I wanna brag a bit. So – my first series covered the 1930’s, 40’s, and into the 50’s. Next, I wanted to showcase the WWII era and be able to feature our wonderful Ft. Knox, which is famous the world over for its beautiful and somewhat mysterious “Gold Vault”. Other series I plan to write will be in eras further back, when Louisville was a younger town. Perhaps a series interwoven in our Victorian roots, or even the Daniel Boone era... The sky is the limit. But throughout them all, you can rest assured my wonderful Louisville will be featured as a main character.
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