Living in small towns has special challenges and delights. When I say ‘small’ I mean ‘small’. The town I live near has approximately 250 people. The county seat has 3600 and the county has about 16,000. So this is rural America. You might think this county was in the western states where the population is lower and space is not a problem.
No, I live in Illinois. The other Illinois, as I call it. That which is not Chicago. When you say you’re from Illinois everyone thinks Chicago. There’s a whole lot of the rest of the state that’s not close to the Windy City or its suburbs. There are a number of highly populated areas downstate. Springfield, Peoria, the Quad Cities, East St. Louis, Carbondale, etc. Then there’s the farm land counties. I live in one of those.
So here’s my list of reasons to love living in a small town:
I’m sure there are more. If you live in a small town and can think of more leave one in a comment and I’ll send you a free story.
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Sophie Dawson has made up stories in her head all her life. It wasn’t until 2011 that she began writing typing them out.
Her first books were all historical fiction romance. They’ve won multiple awards and garnered rave reviews. Now, Sophie is branching out into contemporary romance though she plans to continue writing historical and hopes to add more books in her popular Cottonwood and Stones Creek series.
Sophie lives with her husband and cat on a farm in western Illinois. She’s an avid seamstress and was a professional quilter for a number of years before the writing bug bit. She’s just thankful it’s not fatal.