Episode 1: The Pilot
by Debbie Macomber
I was born and raised in a small town. For the first seventeen years of my life I lived in Yakima, Washington. My husband Wayne spent his youth in Colville, Washington, whose claim to fame was that the city had the only stoplight in the entire county. We chose to raise our family in Port Orchard, Washington, with a population of 3,000. That number has nearly tripled in the last twenty years.
When I decided to write a new series, I chose to place Cedar Cove in Port Orchard. First off, there's no place more beautiful than the Puget Sound area when the sun shines. What the song says is true: The bluest skies you've ever seen are in Seattle. In addition, Port Orchard (Cedar Cove) is the quintessential Puget Sound community, highlighting life in a small town at its best.
Setting an ongoing series in a familiar setting is extremely helpful to the writer in a variety of ways. For sure I would be able to remember exactly where I put the library, and the courthouse and the restaurants because they are actually there!
And yes, there really is an annual Sea Gull Calling event in Port Orchard. In fact, several years back the winner was on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. As you can imagine, our little town was extremely proud.
Some of you might have recognized our son, Ted Macomber, who was part of the movie. He was one of the contestants (the tall, handsome one!) in the pilot, wearing the lavender shirt and the feather boa. This was his first speaking role--that of a bird!
Seeing this series of books come to life on the screen adds another layer to the characters and their stories. Viewers are in for a real treat, so welcome to Cedar Cove. You're bound to feel a warm welcome.
Check back next week for more from Debbie, and be sure to visit her website!