I’d just finished visiting the quaint town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, a town steeped in tradition yet bustling with a mix of industry, shops and services, when I started thinking about how much I’d like to live there. Lunenburg is not only known for its hard working fishing vessels, it’s a place where many Stephen King movies were shot, including Deloris Claiborne, and where the television series Haven is filmed.
Later that day upon returning home I was chatting on line with the talented and very sweet Nikki Duncan. Before we knew it we were talking about doing an anthology together. We knew we wanted a third author, and both instantly agreed that we’d love to have our very good friend, Mackenzie McKade – another Samhain writer, and one of the wicked writers from our chat loop – on board.
Much to our delight Mac agreed and we set a time for brainstorming. We all agreed to do a reunion story with overlapping characters. This was fun, but challenging to keep time lines and characters consistent. Next came location and since we wanted a small town I couldn’t think of a better one than a coastal fishing village I’d just finished visiting. (Hey, I might not be able to pack up and move there but it doesn’t mean I can’t live there through my characters!) I shared my Lunenburg pictures and we all agreed to model our fictitious Maine town after this quaint little fishing village in Nova Scotia. Here are some pictures to give you a feel for our town and characters.
I hope you enjoy Lunenburg, or as we like to call it, Whispering Cove as much as we do!
Enjoy the stories we created: Wild, Wet and Wicked in Whispering Cove AND Burned, Bold and Brazen in Whispering Cove!
This is the house where one of Stephen King’s movies was shot.
Beautiful city street below, with bright colored houses.
Here is an aerial view of the ocean. Note the red buildings. Years ago all the buildings were painted red to help the fishermen find their way home.
I love this picture of the wharf and ocean.
I had to add this one with the Lobster! I picture the Seafarer, the lobster house in our stories, having a sign just like this.
Here are a few of the locals. Well…not really. My son on left and daughter on right, just hanging out with one of the fishermen.
This is a store today, but note the top window. A lookout over the ocean to watch the fishermen come home.
St. John’s Anglican Church. The first settlers of the area erected this small church in 1754. It is the oldest church in Lunenburg and the second-oldest non-Roman Catholic church in British North America.