The Cemetery Sleeper is set in a small town in Tennessee, near the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The story is set in a fictional town called Mabry, but the details are similar to those of the tiny town where I grew up. The Little Brown Jug restaurant and the House of Beauty were actual places as was the old courthouse where criminals were hanged by the gallows.
Another source of inspiration for the setting of the story came from a book called, Dorie, Woman of the Mountains. It's the story of woman who lived in the Smoky Mountains during the 1930's when the logging industry changed the simple way of life for the people in the area. It's a book rich in details about the brief history of logging camps. What I like most about the book is Dorie's kinship with the region.
Dorie, Woman of the Mountains