I’m so blessed in that I love my hometown. I live in Manchester, Tennessee.
I consider it a small town, but it’s certainly grown a lot over my lifetime. Manchester is located in Middle Tennessee. We’re an hour south of Nashville and an hour north of Chattanooga. We have a gorgeous town square and court house (fountain is currently covered for winter).
When I’m writing my Wrapped Up in Christmas books for Hallmark, I definitely see my hometown’s square. We even have a gazebo just off the square, although, it’s not nearly as large as the one in Wrapped Up in Christmas Joy. We have several murals around town for anyone wanting to take pics and there’s lots to do.
We have a gorgeous greenway for walking and Old Stone Fort, which is an old Indian fort that has walking trails along the river and several waterfalls. There's several rivers nearby for kayaking and water fun.
For music lovers, we have a music festival called Bonnaroo. It takes place on a 100+ acre farm each year. My favorite artist to see has been Paul McCartney. I can honestly say that as a child I never would have believed that one of the Beatles would be in my hometown. We're less than 30 minutes to the mountains, have multiple lakes that are less than a 30 minute drive, and waterfalls. We have lots of gorgeous ones in the area.
When I'm writing, my hometown definitely seeps into my stories. In Wrapped Up in Christmas Hope, Morgan's cousin Sophie owns a quilt shop. Can't you just see her in a gorgeous shop similar to one of these, only with quilts and sewing supplies?
But the best part about Manchester? It's home.
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About the Author
About the Author
Janice Lynn is a USA Today, Publishers Weekly, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling author. Janice writes sweet romances for Hallmark Publishing and writes contemporary Medical Romances for Harlequin. Her books have won numerous awards, including the National Readers' Choice Award, the Golden Quill for Best Short contemporary Romance and for Best First Book, Romantic Times Magazine's American Title, and the Holt Medallion Award of Merit. Janice lives in Tennessee with her Prince Charming, their seven kids, her vivid imagination, and an adorable Maltese named Halo who's the true princess of the house. In addition to writing romance, Janice is a nurse practitioner, a quilter, an exercise queen, a military mama and a member of and an avid supporter of the Quilts of Valor Foundation. Just kidding on the exercise queen.