Guest Post: Building Wilfred Oregon by by Angela M. Sanders

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Building Wilfred Oregon
by Angela M. Sanders

Writing a novel is loaded with little pleasures, and for me one of the greatest is creating the town where the story takes place. In Bait and Witch, librarian Josie escapes Washington, D.C. for tiny Wilfred, snug against Oregon’s coastal mountain range. I had a ridiculous amount of fun building Wilfred, a failing timber town on the verge of reinvention, from scratch.

First on my list was the library. Sure, I could put the library in some municipal building, or, Wilfred being a small town, the back of the post office. But wouldn’t it be more fun to have the library in an old house? Say, a Victorian mansion? Yes! I dug through books of floor plans I’ve collected over the years at thrift shops, and I pounced on an Italianate mansion complete with a tower. I’d make it the town founder’s, timber baron Thurston Wilfred, original home. Josie would live in the top floor’s former servants’ quarters. I’d place the home on a bluff overlooking the—hmm, my friend’s Chihuahua has a cute name—Kirby River.

That done, I turned to Wilfred proper. It would need a small grocery store. I decided to put the market in the defunct post office and call it the PO Grocery. Done. Naturally, Wilfred had to have somewhere for everyone meet to fuel the grapevine. So, I created a café and a proprietress who, although living in the Pacific Northwest, adores Southern culture. Why not make her the town’s de facto mayor, too? Plus, she’s entrepreneurial, so I gave her a trailer court behind the cafe called the Magnolia Rolling Estates.

Wilfred was taking shape. Maybe I’d add an odd store, too, a shop embodying the quirkiness I love so much in real life. I created Patty’s This-N-That, a shop that sells whatever seizes its owner’s imagination, a changing display from bells to bolts of sequined ribbon to scissors. As a final touch, I let a self-proclaimed psychic with a predilection for kimonos and boxed wine set up shop in the trailer park.

The best part is that there’s still room for the town to grow! I hope you’ll pick up Bait and Witch and come visit Wilfred in its pages. Josie, her cat Rodney, and her fellow Wilfredians look forward to meeting you.


She moved to Oregon to lay low. But, with new magic abilities & a killer on the loose, she’s leapt out of the frying pan into a cauldron of trouble . . . Bait and Witch by @AngelaMSanders

About The Book

About The Book:

Librarian Josie Way moved to small-town Oregon to lay low. Instead, thanks to newfound magic abilities—and a killer on the loose—she’s leapt out of the frying pan and into a cauldron of trouble . . .

Josie Way loved working among the Library of Congress’s leather-scented stacks—until she uncovered corruption and made herself a target. As Wilfred, Oregon’s new librarian, Josie can stay undercover until the case goes to court. But life in this little town isn’t as subdued as she expected. The library, housed in a a Victorian mansion, is slated to be bulldozed. Still digesting the news that her safe haven is about to become scrap lumber, Josie discovers a body in the woods . . .

Almost as shocking, Josie learns that she’s descended from a long line of witches—and her powers have suddenly sprung to life. With help from a spoiled alley cat who just may be her familiar, Josie’s thumbing through a catalog of suspects, hoping she can conjure a way to save her library—and her life . . .

Purchase Links: Amazon / B&N / Bookshop  / Google Play / IndieBound


About The Author

About The Author:

Angela M. Sanders writes the Amazon bestselling Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries and The Booster Club Capers. Under the pen name Clover Tate, she’s the author of the Kite Shop Mysteries (Berkley), which Romantic Times praised for their “well written wit and intrigue.” Angela’s articles on food, personalities, and perfume have appeared in a variety of magazines, and her monthly newsletters have nearly 2,000 subscribers. She interacts with readers on Facebook and Instagram and is a prominent blogger for Now Smell This, which garners 1.5 million monthly page views. Angela has two cats—one of whom is black of course—a witch’s freckle in her left eye and learned to read tarot cards from a pagan priestess.

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1 Comment

  1. I have only read the first book of the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing Mysteries but thoroughly enjoyed that one! I can see I am way behind on my preferred subgenre: Paranormal Cozy Mystery. Thanks for the chance!

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