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Mindy Obenhaus | Real-Life Settings
Author Guest / February 12, 2015

Have you ever read a book and been so drawn in by the setting, you thought, “I want to go there?” Often, towns or places are fictional, especially in books with contemporary settings. They may be inspired by real places, but by using a fictitious name, the author has the freedom to inject elements that can come from many different places. Occasionally, though, an author will use someplace real for their setting. Like I did with my current series for Love Inspired Books. When my mother-in-law introduced me to the town of Ouray, Colorado, I was smitten. Located in southwestern Colorado, this former gold and silver mining town is where her parents homesteaded in the 1920’s and is as rich in history as it is in beauty. But why use a real setting? Simple. I want the world to know about Ouray. Nestled in a bowl that’s surrounded by fourteen thousand foot peaks, this tiny alpine village is unique. For instance, Ouray is the Jeeping Capital of the World. Whether individually or on a tour, Jeeps are the most popular way to explore the San Juan Mountains, abandoned mining towns and unsurpassed vistas. In the winter, Ouray is host to…