AUSTIN IS MAGIC. There’s something about the River City that sparks creativity–I mean seriously, you can’t throw a rock in this city without hitting a writer–and if you aim
well, you can hit two.
My daddy used to say, “If you want to be the best, hang out with people who are better than you–smarter, funnier, more successful, more passionate and more com-passionate, and if you’re paying attention, you’ll all make each other better people.”
Wise and true advice, and one of the many things that make Austin one of the best places to Become Who You Always Wanted to Be–or–To Be Who You Always Really Were. And one of the reasons why I made Austin not only the hometown and setting for my Cauley MacKinnon series, but an actual “character” in my books.
“My name is Cauley MacKinnon. I was born and raised in Austin, Texas, an Oasis of rivers and trees and an endangered population of card-carrying liberals in the middle of the rest of God-fearing, gun-toting, right wing Texas.” ~SCOOP: A Cauley MacKinnon Novel
When I started my Cauley MacKinnon series, I had no doubt my obituary writer heroine would live and breathe Austin—that the city would become a character, much like
Savannah, Georgia plays such an integral part in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.