In doing the research for my novel, Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, I uncovered all sorts of gems in the wonderful village of Humble. Among the treasures that sparkled the brightest was a woman named Carolyn McCarty. She works for the Chamber of Commerce there, and when I told her I was writing a novel set in Humble, she was so excited she wanted to escort me all over the town. Which she did. We had a marvelous time together touring the city as she answered all my questions, shared many of the wonderful stories surrounding this Mayberry-like town, and generally befriended me. Her patience and humor and generosity of spirit was remarkable and memorable. Carolyn McCarty is the essence of all things gracious and all things Southern. My life is richer to have met her.
It’s been a wonderful experience getting to know small town America again—it’s like coming home. And I hope my novel, Love Finds You in Humble, Texas, encourages you to visit some of these quaint towns across our great land—towns that have warmth and color and heart—just like stepping into a Norman Rockwell painting. And if you do drop by for a visit or a vacation stay, I’m sure you too will be embraced by the folks who live there, and perhaps you’ll even make a new friend as fine as Carolyn McCarty.
Blessings and happy Thanksgiving!