Please welcome Jill Haymaker to Alternative-Read.com!
Sassy Brit : Where did you get the idea for Peakview County, Colorado, the setting for your Peakview and Aspen Ridge Series?
Jill Haymaker : Peakview County happened by accident. When I wrote my very first book, Colorado Sunset, I knew next to nothing about writing a novel. I decided I wanted my heroine to take a cross country road trip, get stranded, and be rescued by the hero. Somehow she ended up in the Colorado Mountains. I wanted her to be stuck there for a few days, so I made the town small—really small, population around 100.
That’s when the magic started, I fell in love with the tiny town of Peakview and it’s quirky residents, as did my readers. Soon it became an entire series, with the town becoming a character in its own right, along with Violet’s café and the larger than life character of Violet Crandall (she appears in every book). So many readers have told me they want to live in Peakview County. I do, too.
What I didn’t think about when I wrote that first book was that by making the town so small, it limited the number of romances I could write about its residents. There just weren’t that many single people. So after, eleven books in the Peakview Series, I moved on to Aspen Ridge, the other town in Peakview County. While still a small mountain town, its some 3000 residents provide way more story possibilities. My readers enjoy the fact that in my Aspen Ridge series, some of their favorite Peakview residents pop in from time to time.
While I don’t currently reside in Colorado, I did live there for forty-five wonderful years and hope to return someday. Peakview county and its residents, while an invention of my imagination, is a compilation of the people I’ve met in many small Colorado communities. The people are warm and welcoming and fiercely protective of their community. There’s always a family feel—everyone looking out for each other. It takes a hardy person to survive the cold snowy winters and mountain perils such as wildlife and wildfires. They band together to face the joys and hardships of life.
And I love cowboys. There’s nothing sexier that a man in a Stetson and boots, riding a horse. They’re so much fun to write, along with the strong, independent ladies they fall in love with. I hope you’ll join my journey and fall in love with Peakview, Colorado, where everyone has a chance at love.
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