Named after the famed king of France, Louis IX, St. Louis is a glittering city on the Missouri River. Most notable for The Gateway Arch, it’s baseball team (Cardinals, in case you don’t know), and, in my opinion, its pizza!! Yum!
St. Louis’ history included lots of paternal confusion First, it belonged to France, then went to Spain after the Seven Years War, then back to France, and finally became property of America through the Louisiana Purchase.
Interestingly, St. Louis was the host of both the Olympics and the World’s Fair in 1904, which inspires all kinds of story ideas in my head.
I’ve had the opportunity to visit St. Louis three times now (in real life), but many more times through stories. It’s about a 9-hour drive from my neck of the woods, but a wonderful entrance into the city as you cross the bridge and see the skyline appear ahead of you over the river.
My critique partner, Amy Leigh Simpson, claims her home on the outskirts of this thriving city and her books really bring out the culture of the suburbs of St. Louis. One of my favorite memories from St. Lou was visiting Amy when her sweet baby Eisley was born. Oh my goodness, there are so many cute blondes at the Simpson house, my upcoming hero, Alex Murdock in Charming the Troublemaker, would be pleased as punch! Plus, Amy has her very own swoony hero in real life.
Amy’s books, When Fall Fades and From Winter’s Ashes, both take place around St. Louis and are fantastic, fast paced, super-romantic suspense novels. Totally worth your time Talk about swoony heroes? Mama Mia!!!
In fact, author Amy Leigh Simpson has this to say about her hometown. “Yes, I love that Saint Louis is known for being the biggest little city around. It’s like the 7° of Kevin Bacon. ( if you’ve never heard of that, it’s kind of a running joke in Hollywood that anybody can be connected back to Kevin Bacon in seven sources or less) Here you could meet a stranger on the street and undoubtedly they would know someone that you know. There’s a strong element of interconnectivity between friends and strangers alike. I also love that we get the full force of each of the four seasons. A long snowy Winter, a picturesque blooming Springtime, I nearly tropical hot Summer, and a beautifully crisp Autumn.”
Some places of interest in the “Independent City” besides the Gateway Arch and Busch Stadium, are the St. Louis Art Museum, the Cathedral of Basilica, the St. Louis’ Zoo, and 1894-built Union Station.
I’m NOT a city-dweller, but my visits to St. Louis have been filled with good memories that make me want to take another trip in a westerly direction.
Have you ever been to St. Louis? What about another mid-western city? Share your thoughts and travels, whether fictionally or not.
Where You Can Find Amy’s Books
Amy Leigh Simpson writes romantic mysteries with honesty and humor, sweetness and spice, and gritty reality covered by grace. When she’s not stealing moments at naptime to squeeze out a few more adventures in storyland, she’s chasing around two tow-headed miscreants (Ahem)—boys, playing dress up with one sweet princess baby, and being the very blessed wife to the coolest, most swoon-worthy man alive. Amy is a Midwestern-girl, a singer, blogger, runner, coffee-addict, and foodie. Her Sports Medicine degree is wasted patching up daily boo boo’s, but whatever is left usually finds its way onto the page with fluttering hearts, blood and guts, and scars that lead to happily ever after.