From Mayberry to Stars Hollow to Smallville: The Romance of a Small Town
By Sonya Weiss
I love writing about love that takes place in a small town setting. When I thought over the reasons why I like it, I came up with several of them.
I love the history of small towns. The homes and buildings with their beautiful architecture have often stood for hundreds of years. Many of these small towns also have family oriented festivals with one of a kind entertainment and food. Summerville, South Carolina has one called The Flowertown Festival, and it represent a slice of small town living.
I also like the scenery in small towns. You can find quaint town squares with various seasonal displays. Small towns bring to mind sitting on the front porch sipping sweet tea or catching fireflies on a warm summer evening.
After thinking about everything that I liked, I had an epiphany. While I like a lot of things about small towns, I love the sense of community, of belonging. I never had that growing up because my family moved a lot and I realized it’s something that I always longed for.
I created the small town of Sweet Creek, South Carolina because I wanted the heroines in my Stealing the Heart series to have that sense of belonging.
The series features the lives of Abby, Amelia, and Ann Snyder. Amelia is the youngest and lives her life on edge, flying by the seat of her pants. The hero is Chad, her childhood best friend, and he’s the exact opposite of Amelia. Their story is found in Stealing the Groom.
Abby’s the oldest of the three sisters, the one responsible for keeping the family together and her story is told in Resisting Her Rival. It’s the second in the Stealing the Heart series from Entangled Publishing.
What do you guys love about small town romances?
About the Author:
Sonya Weiss is a freelance writer and ghostwriter. Her published clips include feature newspaper articles, magazine articles, essays, children’s short stories and writing projects for business clients. She is also a columnist at Families Online Magazine.
Make sure you check out Sonya’s latest release, Resisting Her Rival.
All’s fair in love and war…
Abby Snyder finally has the opportunity to expand her diner now that the building next door is available. Unfortunately, she must compete with Nick Coleman to get it. Abby—usually über-responsible—shared one night of intense passion with the playboy, and she’s been trying to forget it ever since. But then Nick bets her the building that he can make her fall in love with him in thirty days.
With his reputation ruining his chances at gaining some big clients, Nick needs a way to prove to everyone that he’s reformed. Dating Abby, the most respected girl in town—and the only one he wants—is the perfect solution. Nick’s confident he’ll get Abby to fall for him, so he’ll win the building and the girl he can’t get out of his mind.
But even though Abby can’t lose, resisting Nick is harder than she thought.