Friday, April 24, 2009
My book is set in New Braunfels, a quaint Hill Country town with a sense of place arising from history, culture and architecture. The town is known in Texas for its German heritage, and even more for Wurstfest, an October beer and sausage fest. Wurstfest is really more about music but the PR appeal of beer and sausage probably outweighs that of the polka-centric world.
More people know New Braunfels for Schlitterbahn, the world's largest waterpark. And for the two rivers which run through the town.
The Guadalupe drains the northwest Hill Country all the way down to the Gulf of Mexico. It floods. But in drought years, like this one, it's low and slow.
The Comal is a sweet spring-fed river, only a few miles long, encapsulated within the town. On a hot summer weekend it's a floating party so thick you could walk across the river on the innertubes.
Great place for a Hill Country mystery.