See that map? That’s Paradise, Missouri.
Yep, there’s actually a place called Paradise, Missouri. It’s in Clay County, in between Kansas City and St Joseph.
I should explain: my new novel is set in a town called Paradise. And Paradise is (or at least was) also the title of the book. I’ve been chuckling to myself for the past five years, wondering who would get the joke, when in fact it’s no joke at all.
You couldn’t, as they say, make this stuff up.
For all of the research I’ve done, it honestly never occurred to me that there would actually be a town in this state called Paradise. It would have been the simplest thing in the world to google “Paradise, MO”, but I never did it.
You live and learn.
Anyway, now I need a new name for my town. And, of course, I also need a new title for the book. (There’s also the small matter of Paradise, by Toni Morrison, which I also managed to forget about.)
Any and all suggestions gratefully received.