This is the house where I lived from fourth grade until I left home. It’s in the northwest corner of Washington state—Whatcom County, to be exact. (Since I now live in Pennsylvania, I must add the word “state,” as I’ve discovered the naked word “Washington” always means Washington, D.C.)
Now I live in Pennsylvania with my husband. When our children were mostly grown, we got into boating on Chesapeake Bay. The pictures of our lives changed.
We boated on the bay, south on the Intracoastal, and north into Canada’s canals. But we remember Chesapeake Bay. We had a sailboat — Cloud Nine, then a mini-tug cruiser, Ivory Cloud, and finally, a second mini-tug cruiser, Sunset Cloud. We named the last one deliberately, for the sunset of our boating experience. We were then, and still are, land-based, but we enjoyed these pictures in our lives. In fact, I enjoyed it so much, I’ve placed both my mysteries on Chesapeake Bay. I have many pictures and memories to guide my writing.