I grew up on the Connecticut shoreline and even though I no longer live there, a part of my heart is still somewhere on the New England coastline. So when I sat down to put the stories I had in my head onto paper, I knew I wanted the setting to be on the Connecticut coast.
In 2003, after my husband returned from the desert, we left our nine-month-old with family and took a much needed reunion trip. We stayed at a bed & breakfast on Groton Long Point (GLP), a borough of New London, CT just minutes from Mystic, CT, which you might know from the movie Mystic Pizza or from its famous seaport.
I decided to set my series on GLP, but I’ve taken certain liberties with the geography and size of the point, so I renamed it Mystic Point. There isn’t a Goffe Island or a lighthouse nearby, but there is the sub base just fifteen minutes away in Groton, Bluff Point State Park just across the water on the west side of New London, and quite a few quaint little towns that I drew inspiration from when I created “The Point”, as my characters refer to their home.
So if you happen to find yourself in southern New England, take a jaunt to Mystic-Groton-New London and experience the same sights, smells, and scenery my characters enjoy. There may not be a Clyde’s Clam Shack, but there is Abbot’s in the Rough, which has the best lobster rolls that side of the Connecticut River. Griff’s is a combination of The Daniel Packer Inne Pub and John’s Mystic Tavern. And of course, you have to visit Mystic Pizza. It’s not just hype, it seriously is one of the best pizza places around. I recommend the seafood delight.
My talented stepdaughter, Samantha, helped me create a map of the fictional Mystic Point. You can view it here on my website! < http://www.catetayler.com/mystic-point-series.html >
Caption for Marina photo: ©2007 Vin Crosbie, https://www.flickr.com/photos/vincrosbie/1262604319