In part three of my four day start up to my blog, I figured I would introduce my hometown that serves as the inspiration for my fictional setting. Manchester is a small town about an hour north of Baltimore. The population has grown since I’ve been there, but my graduating class had 85 students. The closest Walmart was probably 35-40 minutes away and the coolest place to hang out was the ice cream shop named Scoops.
I picked my town because I’m proud of it obviously but also it would serve as quite a contrast to the mythical Asgard. The idea of a small town guy getting tossed into the fire is a common story, but it’s also one we all can relate to. Let’s face it, most of us at one time or another lived in a small town. The idea of the book is ‘how would we handle this situation?’
So, if you are ever driving up Interstate 83 towards Harrisburg, you’ll pass mine and Jack’s hometown of Manchester. The real version is much smaller than in the story, but it is just as great a place to be.