Girls Write Out
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I had a surreal experience last week. We went to Vermont to research the next Smitten book. I thought I would have to see several Vermont villages and put ideas together to match the Smitten we saw in our heads. We'd been to Stowe and the surrounding area, Burlington, and tons of other towns. They were all charming and wonderful. The people were friendly and I absolutely fell in love with Vermont. We were on our way out of the state to go to the Adirondacks to research a series I want to set there. 

I glanced to my right and there it was. Smitten, rising like Brigadoon. 

Dave got off the interstate and we made our way down a road back to Smitten (aka the town of South Royalton.) The flood had devastated the area. We saw mud that had been PLOWED from the road. It was in huge piles like snow, at least four feet high and four feet wide. A huge iron bridge had collapsed, and a house was barely perched on the its sides with all the underpart of the house gone. I feared what we would see when we got to town. 

We drove into town and stepped out of the van. It was PERFECT! Right down to the commons with the gazebo. Right down to the strip of shops. Right down to the quaint houses. It was an amazing experience to stand in a place that our minds had conjured up. We just loved it. I can't wait to show the girls the town. 

How about you? Have you ever gone to a place you knew but had never actually stepped foot in?

Colleen Coble  
posted at 9:47 AM  
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4 Comments:
At 7:48 PM, Blogger Denise Hunter said...

I have got to go there! The pics are beautiful!

 
At 9:41 PM, Blogger jel said...

wasn't Brigadoon, a Gene Kelly movie?

 
At 9:08 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I know that area well, as I lived only 30 minutes from Burlington when we lived in NY. I used to go there all the time to visit a little candle shop, way up in the hills off the beaten path. And I've been to either that town or more like it. That part of VT is dotted with little towns that are so charming, they simply inspire stories. :)

 
At 3:14 PM, Blogger MaryAnn Diorio, PhD said...

How fantastic! Almost like a "déja vu" experience. How good of our Lord to provide you with it.

Having lived and studied in Vermont for a summer, I agree that it is a truly beautiful state.

 

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Kristin Billerbeck
Kristin Billerbeck is a proud Californian, wife, mother of four, and connoisseur of the irrelevant. She writes Christian Chick Lit; where she finds need for most of the useless facts lulling about in her head.

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Colleen Coble

Colleen Coble writes romantic suspense with a strong atmospheric element. A lovable animal of some kind--usually a dog--always populates her novels. She can be bribed with DeBrand mocha truffles.

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Denise Hunter writes women's fiction and love stories with a strong emotional element. Her husband says he provides her with all her romantic material, but Denise insists a good imagination helps too.

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