CAVES, COFFEE & CUMBERLAND
Caves & Coffee
JC Hatfield is the female MC in my WIP, All Gallow's Eve. Her BFF, Sheila Bonner, runs a coffee bar type establishment, think of a cross between a Mom & Pop Cafe and Starbucks. (And no, I am not getting paid by Starbucks. *LOL* I wish!) Gourmet coffees and pastries, etc. Maybe you'uns (Kentucky's version of y'all) can help me with something on that count.
When I started actually writing scenes for the book, I called the coffee bar "Springs Into Action". I have no memory of where that came from. Then when I was making a list of daily topics for the A to Z, and wanting to incorporate more than a few setting elements relating to Kentucky, I came up with the name "Coffee Cave". There are many, many caves in Kentucky, several quite close to our home. Those particular caves are rather small. There is, of course, Mammoth Cave, with approximately 400 miles worth of chambers etc. in western Kentucky.
Here's a picture of one of the chambers of the cave, with an entrance to the next room:
(picture taken by someone in our family, probably my husband)
Which name for Sheila's coffee bar do you like better..."Springs Into Action" or "Coffee Cave"?
I spent most of my first ten years in Cumberland, MD, so I was really rather delighted to find several 'Cumberlands' right here in Kentucky. The two most notable locations with that name in our area are Lake Cumberland and Cumberland Falls.
Lake Cumberland is big for water sports, including fishing and boat racing.
(By Habigrm2 (Own work) [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)
Cumberland Falls is the site of the only moonbow in the US:
(from a page about Cumberland Falls)
Mammoth Cave, Lake Cumberland and Cumberland Falls are probably all too far away from the intended setting of All Gallow's Eve in Eastern Kentucky. But since one of the possible name for the coffee bar is "Coffee Cave", it was kind of relevant.
And after all, All Gallow's Eve will be a work of fiction, so you never know what is going to 'show up' until you read it (or someone tells you). And I don't even know yet, so all of us will just have to wait!
Have a great weekend, all!