Where do the boys in The Tin Cup Clan live?
I get asked that a lot. I reckon the answer’s not what you may think. The town is actually an aggregate of all the places I’ve been fortunate enough to call home, (and there’s been a few). I felt it was very important that everyone who reads the books recognize at least a little part of it. This way anyone and everyone can feel part of the T.C.C. The train tracks for example, the pair run smack down the center of main street, much like a town I lived in on the East coast. The creepy cemetery, well every town has one, just ask the local youth. Even the local witch legend, it seems every town has their own version, and every middle school in America once had a Mr. Bill.
Even though the town could be any where, it’s role as a mid-century Appalachian coal town is vital to the story. The boys must navigate childhood as their parents cope with the economic hardships felt by all during the slow death of the coal industry and textile mill closings.
The somber nature of the area should not be the primary focus. Hardship breeds strength, I believe that strength shines in the people. “Big” David’s family for example, his Christian upbringing, strength of character, and wisdom beyond his years, eventually saves the lives of two of our boys.
As to your question. “Is it my town?” The answer is both no and yes, I hope everyone, everywhere, recognizes a little bit. That’s what makes it “our” town, and that’s what makes the “Tin Cup Clan” our boys.