One of the joys of writing a romantic suspense series like the Piedmont Island Trilogy Series is the setting itself. It plays a significant role, and in many ways is as important as the main characters.

Choosing a small, fictional island community on the northern tip of Minnesota was an easy decision for me. The state is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and is situated next to the largest fresh water body of water in the world, Lake Superior.

Mother Nature has blessed the region with majestic pine trees, rugged rock cliffs and outcroppings, spectacular dawns, glorious sunsets and the ever present rush of waves lapping at its shores.

Piedmont Island, however, is also a community where troubles outnumber residents. (I _DO_ write fiction, remember!)

In DEFENDING GLORY, the first book of this series, the heroine and hero resettle on the island to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. They also want a fresh start. A new beginning. In short, they want the American dream.

Do you think the size of a community has any bearing upon personal happiness?