My first book, Ripple the Twine, was set in the immediate outer suburbs of Boston and I put all of my heart and soul into that book. The main character is a runner. I actually considered having her train for the Marathon in the early stages of planning.
As a kid I went to the Marathon with family to watch my cousin run and cheered him on to the finish line. Boston can really be a fun place even when it gets a little rowdy because "Scrappy" is Boston's middle name.
And if I learned anything about Boston after living there for thirty-eight years it was that you don't mess with Scrappy because it'll kick your ass every time.
Boston is a great place to grow up, to live and to experience. It's full of culture, pride of place, and amazing nooks and crannies that make it one of a kind. Special. Real in every way even if that sometimes feels very in-your-face. Because it is. Deal with it.
That's my city.
I want to do something. No, I need to do something to help my hometown that, despite the fact I've moved away, will always be home.
So I'm going to let my Boston based book do the work for me.
UPDATE - 2015
When I first published this post in 2013, Ripple the Twine was still on the market. I was donating 100% of the profits from sales of that book to the relief fund set up to help the families of the victims called One Fund Boston.
I was able to donate $12.12 to the fund and even though it wasn't much it felt really good to give something, anything that could help those people get through in such a difficult time.
And now, two years later and after the verdict came in guilty on all counts, it's so comforting to know that the people in my hometown were before, are now, and forever will be