There are times in a writer's career when imagination helps out a tad more than it ordinarily does. When I was writing the Yellow Rose mysteries, I had a landscape--the city of Houston--to guide me and literally and figuratively ground me. I knew my starting point. But the Cats in Trouble series was a new challenge. I created a town--and I found it rather difficult.
Imagine my surprise when I finally found a new person to cut and color my hair in my new South Carolina town and the salon was--you guessed it--in an old house off the main street. I asked questions and learned the place was bought at auction on the steps of city hall for back taxes. It was a mess, infested with termites and needed a lot of love and elbow grease to bring it back to life. But Colors by Design did a fantastic job.