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Why Olney?

When I wrote the discovery draft of this novel last November, I created a rural Illinois setting and was careful to select names that were nonexistent, or at least to my knowledge and a Google search. But in my mind as I wrote the story, I pictured real places. Like the church I visited as a little girl for Vacation Bible School, Joe’s Pizza – the original location (I believe it was on S. Whittle, but please correct me if I’m wrong), and the Borah Lake. Some of the places I imagined while writing were located in the nearby town of Flora where I finished High School. And in my mind, it was a mixture of these places as the setting all along.

So, I thought about it some more, and asked myself, Why not Olney?

Olney is a great place with a lot of character. For instance, what other city can boast white squirrels? Ok, so I’ve learned Olney is not the only city that lays claim to the white squirrel, but still, it’s unique. Then there’s the lakes – not one, not two, but three lakes in town offering up boating and swimming for summer fun. And how about mushroom hunting? Morel mushrooms are frequently found in the surrounding countryside in Spring. A delight to find, they’re even better to eat!

I could go on and on, but I won’t. Why Olney indeed! If only to match the picture in my mind to the words on the page and bring back fond memories of a place I once knew.

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