Howard Frank Mosher's REVISED Holiday Newsletter, 2016
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I'd like to thank my observant "Letters from Kingdom County" readers who pointed out some repeated paragraphs in my previous newsletter! Apologies for the error, and please enjoy this updated version (minus the extra cutting and pasting).


F O L L O W on F A C E B O O K
F O L L O W on T W I T T E R
ABOVE LEFT: Howard Mosher's home in Irasburg, VT, where he wrote God's Kingdom and many of his other books.  ABOVE RIGHT: The view from the Moshers' dining room window where Howard does his writing.
ABOVE: Moose on frozen Lake Memphremagog.

Where in the World is Kingdom County?

Sometimes my Northeast Kingdom neighbors ask me where they can go to see the village of Kingdom Common.  So I explain.  Kingdom Common, which appears in most of my fiction, is a composite.  It's a sort of amalgamation of the country towns I grew up in in New York State and a few towns where my wife and I have lived, now for 52 years, in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom.  With, lest I forget, a great deal of invention thrown in, as well.

Truth to tell, by the time I write a story through from start to finish twenty or thirty times, I don't always know myself what's geographically accurate and what's made up.  There's no doubt, though, that my fictional Kingdom and its residents are a little larger than life.  Like my storytelling mentors from the 1960s when I first came to the Kingdom, I'm a spinner of tales, not a historian.  I bend history to suit my stories.  I distort facts.  Why mince words?  I lie like a rug.

For the record, here's how I imagine the lay of the land in a few of my novels. 

Lake Memphremagog, in DISAPPEARANCES, is a combination of Lake Memphremagog and Lake Willoughby, 15 or so miles to the south, with its looming cliffs and extraordinary depth.

The Upper Kingdom River in WHERE THE RIVERS FLOW NORTH, as I picture it in my mind, is located about where the actual Willoughby River can be found.  But it's five times as big and rises miles to the north, in Canada.  The elderly log driver in RIVERS was inspired by my Kingdom friend, also our son's namesake, Jake Blodgett.

What about NORTHERN BORDERS?  Grandfather and Grandmother Kittredge's farm is somewhere in upper Brownington.  Or would be if it existed.

Back to the fictional village of Kingdom Common, it’s the home of the Kinneson clan in A STRANGER IN THE KINGDOM and my most recent book, just released in paperback, GOD'S KINGDOM. 

But wait.  To Kingdom Common – located about where Orleans is situated – I've added a courthouse like Newport's, a granite academy like Brownington's, and a central green or common, like Irasburg's and Craftsbury's.

As for the Kinnesons themselves, well, they're based on my own family.  And yes, the Moshers are, and always have been, a pretty strange outfit.

I doubt many readers familiar with my fiction will be much surprised by any of these disclosures.  If so, you can't say I didn't warn you.  Just to be entirely clear, like nearly every novelist I know, I'm a born liar.  The only place where Kingdom County truly exists, I'm afraid, is between the covers of my misbegotten books.

And, if you haven't visited the Kingdom, please drive up and spend a few days here in the North Country with us.  Pick up a copy of GOD'S KINGDOM at your closest book store and bring it along as a kind of introduction to the wilderness, wild animals, fish, and, most of all, the wonderful people you're about to encounter.  After all, the Kingdom in the winter is the second prettiest place in the world after the Kingdom in the summer. Or maybe it's the other way around. Come see for yourself.  Happy holidays!
Howard Frank Mosher 
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