My Own Town

by Jeff Abbott on March 29, 2009

My first books were small-town mysteries, set in the small East Texas town of Mirabeau and the larger Coastal Bend town of Port Leo. I loved inventing a small town: it was like creating my own little world, complete with its own history, heroes, villains, and culture.

Well, now I really can have my own small town. The tiny town of Albert, Texas is for sale. With your purchase price, you get the entire town, an icehouse that’s a popular stop, a house, an all-season wet creek, a dance hall in need in repair, a limestone school house once attended by President Johnson, and 13 acres of oaks and wildflowers.
My wife and I think we should do this: she will be the mayor (think highly efficient benign dictatorship) while I might be in charge of getting artists, writers, booksellers, teachers, barkeeps, and other necessary personnel to move to Albert. I can imagine a writers’ colony, down the road from the icehouse–with zero Internet access, and the only distraction being the wind whistling through the oaks.
Albert really does look like a very lovely place and I wish the seller the best of luck in selling the town. I think he will find a buyer. I wish it could be me.

    { 3 comments… read them below or add one }

    Janet March 29, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    That’s funny. I recently read of a historic English village being for sale too. Wow. Comparison town-shopping. Who’da thunk it?

    Meg Gardiner April 4, 2009 at 3:46 am

    When you buy the town, will you change its name to Abbott, Texas? You’d only have to paint over a few letters on the city limits sign.

    Jeff Abbott April 4, 2009 at 7:06 am

    Meg: there is already an Abbott, Texas–that’s Willie Nelson’s hometown. It’s between Waco and Dallas. I would leave Albert as Albert, and see if we could work up a rivalry with Victoria, Texas.

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