I've lived a lot of places. People have linked me with Blair, but I think I identify the most with Grayson and his wanderings. He and I have a lot in common, not the least of which is the way I know I've disappointed a few people I love. We all have our "stuff."
But like Inmate 17656-090, I moved from West Michigan to Galveston Bay. I love both places and both offer beauty, amazing people, and good adventures. But I didn't choose the settings just because of my move. I chose that path for Inmate 17656-090 because I think it underscores the life change he was trying to make. It's a huge swing from Michigan to Texas: cultural differences, weather (of course!), recreational opportunities, cost of living, employment options. The two places are pretty different and I wanted to show his personal change as reflected in his geographical change.
Let me make this clear: I LOVE Michigan. While Inmate 17656-090 suffered abuse in Michigan, that part of the story in no way reflects on the charm and beauty of that amazing state. It's a magnificent place and Inmate 17656-090 enjoyed a little time on P.J. Hoffmaster Beach.
I used Galveston Bay and boats to give the magical quality that, for me, only the water and boats have. Some people rub the noses of horses and feel that deep kinship and mystery of a connection with another being. I rub anchors hanging off boat bows and feel that.