The tiny town of Rice's Crossing, Texas served as inspiration for the setting of LONE STAR DEATH. Here are a few photos from the area. It looks much the same today as it did back then in the 1880s.
Also, back then cotton was king, just as it is today.
In the book, the heroine, Samantha (Sam) Slater, was born in Ft. Worth
and worked there for a while. Here's a photo of how Ft. Worth, called
COWTOWN, looked in the 1880's.
In the book, the newspaper owner and his wife, Matty, live in a
gorgeous, two-story farmhouse outside town. The house is featured
several times in the book. The Barr Mansion is a Victorian farmhouse
near Austin. As I wrote the book, I pictured this house and used it for
inspiration for Matty's house. I was lucky enough to be able to attend
several events at the Barr Mansion back when we lived in Austin.
Another scene in the book takes place at a little white church. This
church, located in New Sweden, TX, was the inspiration for the one in
And here's an old postcard of downtown Austin. This is what the town
looked like in 1915, showing the completed capital building, which was
being built during the time of my story.
Several real businesses that existed then feature in my story line.