FROST: In Search of Carol Falls, Vermont (Authors Road Trip 1)

With the power of the internet, an author can now travel the world looking for a story setting without ever leaving her desk. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to visit that setting in person if the opportunity presents itself. In September 2014, Roxy Boroughs and I made a 10-day journey to the part of Vermont where The FROST FAMILY & FRIENDS SERIES takes place, and steeped ourselves in the people, the countryside and the tiny details that can make a setting come alive for our readers. there were so many things Roxy and I wanted to see while we were in Vermont but the starting points had to be a maple sugar farm and, of course, a red covered bridge.


The focal point for the entire series is the FROST MAPLE SYRUP FARM so we were thrilled to visit the MORRIS FARM SUGARWORKS. With their 200 years of family tradition in the maple syrup business they were the best place to learn everything we needed to know. Who knew they’d be graded on color and taste – just like fine wines!


I put this iconic image on the cover of my book, The Holly & The Ivy even before I’d seen one. When I saw the real thing, I could see why Vermont is so proud of these wonderful structures. They come in all sizes and shapes – Stowe has a small one – but the most beautiful one we saw was in QUECHEE FALLS.