My story takes place in the state of Washington. More specifically Bremerton and Bainbridge Island. I wanted and needed a place that could be detached from the world, both with its physical isolation but also carry a sense of beauty.
Each of these things needed to be overshadowed by a big city in its direct view (Seattle).
Having never visited Washington I needed to familiarize myself with the area. I Googled and printed information on the local high school, where the police station was located and visited numerous realtor web sites and identified my main character’s apartment and layout.
After downloading numerous maps of streets and neighborhoods I said to myself….
1) I need to get my butt over there soon and
2) I need more information.
With that, I made up in my mind that this coming year I will fly out to WA for a few days and two, I decided to pick up the phone and call the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce.
I explained who I was and what I was doing (writing a novel that takes place in your neighborhood) and how I needed some information. The friendly voice on the other line replied “Sure! That sounds exciting, I think I can help”. With that she sent mountains of maps, demographic information, newsletters and special events calendars. I was so excited to open my mail each day until it arrived. A little shy and nervous to call…but I’m very glad I did.
Thank you Bremerton Chambers of Commerce!!