My novel LIKE A RIVER travels through several states, but it begins and ends in Lawrence County, Ohio. Why did I choose Lawrence County? Because that’s where Ironton is.
Ironton is where my father was born and grew up. I spent many summer days there when I was young, visiting with Grandma Cannon and aunts, uncles, and cousins. Going there for research gave me a chance to visit family.
As its name suggests, Ironton is an iron and steel town. During the Civil War (when my novel takes place), the foundry there produced mostly cannons for the war effort.