In building a series the setting is constantly growing and expanding, at least for me. I knew that I wanted Rescuing Jack and the series, A Forever Home, to be set in a small town. I've lived in big cities and I've lived in towns where the population was under 1,000. I spent a few years of my childhood in a town where K-12 all went to one school and it was still tiny. I prefer those kind of places where a senior helped me get back up when I was six and wasn't paying attention because I was watching the boats come in. Or where I could do homework in the restaurant with a classmate since his parents owned it and they served the best clam chowder. Maine was enjoyable to me and I have quite a few fond memories of my time there.
I wanted that kind of life for Marius and his friends so from the rescue I began to expand out. Marius needed a home and I've grown so used to working from mine that I decided he would live close. It made sense for the rescue to be built within walking distance. He'd be there almost all the time anyway. And there would be people in town he was close to. In a small town like that there aren't too many places to hide and so Marius was given friends. Peter who makes chocolate, Seth who goes to college nearby, Clara who has been his best friend for years and knows how to keep him in line. And Jeremy, Marius' brother and a character I fell in love with since the first moment he started talking to me.
For me Jeremy is an easy character to like. But he has his issues too and isn't nearly as comfortable in his life as Marius is. They've made different choices and Jeremy lives with his just as Marius does. Seth's story is next and then Jeremy's. Right now only a trilogy is planned but there may be more. I have characters that are walking on the fringes right now and letting me know that they're there but maybe not ready to have their own story yet. That's fine. They've got time.
If you want to see this world and these characters, please stop by my pinterest board for this series here. You'll see existing characters and get a peak at upcoming characters and their lives as well.