Setting a series in the Texas Hill Country, seemed to be an obvious place for me. I've lived all over Texas and despite its short-comings (politicians--cough, cough) and some horribly hot summers, I love it here. The people are one of a kind. Mix in the food, festivals, and of course the fishing, and you've got it all.
During my journey to be a full-time storyteller, I made several stops along the way to be a waitress, bartender, bill-collector, bank teller, clerk at Blockbuster Video, dishwasher, prep-cook, a wanna be crypto-zoologist, and finally settling in as a pediatric and adult trauma/critical care nurse for 10 years before starting my career as a writer.
Now, I spend my time in front of a keyboard, coming up with (hopefully) fantastic and entertaining stories to pay for my buying too many books habit and the endless cups of coffee I drink on a daily basis.