Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Small Towns and Big Cities

by Beatrice Coleman from QUILT OR INNOCENCE, first in the new Southern Quilting Mystery series by Elizabeth Craig

Have you ever moved from a city to a small town? Or vice versa? I’m wondering which one is tougher. I retired as an art museum curator in Atlanta, Georgia, and followed my daughter to the tiny town of Dappled Hills, North Carolina.

I knew I was ready for a change from the traffic and bustle of the city, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the level of quiet I found in Dappled Hills. This was the kind of quiet that was a loud quiet. And the town was so small that the newspaper covered stories like Mabel Barnes’ trip to the beach and Vernon Ethridge’s family reunion.

The sleepiness of Dappled Hills didn’t last for long, though, I’ll admit. Before I knew it, the whole community was embroiled in a murder! It was then that I realized that I actually appreciated the peacefulness of the village and wanted to help bring it back.

It all got me thinking…would it be easier for someone from a small town to make the move to a big city? Or someone from a big city to make the move to a village? What do you think?

Quilt or Innocence debuts June 5th. Now available for preorder. For more about the book, check Elizabeth’s website.


  1. Good luck to you, Beatrice. I hope your quiet new town gets quiet again. I'm not sure which would be harder to move to, though.

  2. Several of us have brought new prosperity to the village now known as Threadville, but when someone died, we were immediately suspected because we were newcomers. When I first moved to New York City, I felt like an outsider, but to everyone else, I was just one of the crowd.

  3. I've gone both ways and each has its challenges. Sounds like your move has more challenges than most, though. Good luck!

  4. Kari Lee--Thanks! I'm hoping it'll quiet down a little, too. :)

    Willow--That's a good point! And in some small towns, you can be a newcomer even after living in a place for 25 years or more! It's only folks who were born there and who have their family history there that count as residents. :)

    Erika--Hope you didn't have any murders to deal with in your moves!

  5. Change, good or bad, has the same stress level. All will work out though.

  6. Liz--Thanks! And you're right about change...even good change can be stressful.