Stephen King is synonymous (or at least in much of his early works) with Maine.
John Grisham, by and large, is synonymous with the Deep South.
Think of your favorite author for a moment. Chances are, there's a familiar setting that goes along with it.
I have lived in Northern Minnesota all my life. Despite the cold winters, I do love it here. In looking at my life-long writing goal, I wish to do to Minnesota with what Stephen King has done to Maine.
If you dig deep enough into my various stories, you'll notice threads of real places throughout Minnesota and even North Dakota.
On another front, Strange Birth: Book One of the Repel Trilogy - An Order of Freaks Superhero Novel is up for pre-sale. Publication date is February 1st, 2018. Please click on the link for your favorite e-retailer.
Here's the cover: