Where does the T.C.C. call home?

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.

In closing.

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.

Published by The Tin Cup Clan

Mike had never considered himself an author until in his fifties an advanced cancer diagnosis for him to worry about the legacy he would leave for his children and grandchildren. Once the treatments began he needless to say, found himself with plenty of time to put pen to paper. The result was a culmination of stories soon to be named The Tin Cup Clan. A simpler time but not necessarily the greatest of times. The story of a group of young boys trying to survive the harsh reality of coal country, poverty, and just simply growing up. Along the way friendships are formed, old town mysteries are solved, and lessons are learned that will last a life time.

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