Books: Sins of Ashville Series
Type of Location: Fictional city in Ohio
Ashville is a fictional city in Ohio created from an amalgamation of locations throughout Ohio including Cincinnati, Cleveland, Kent, Youngstown, and Portsmouth. Geographically, it sits on the Ohio river at a junction with a smaller tributary.
Ashville Point is a section in the north of town formerly home to a thriving steel business. After the decline of this business, much of the city and surrounding areas experienced a rise in poverty which made it a prime location for shady businessmen, drugs, and crime. The corrupt landscape made it a prime location for The Retreat (Irrevocable & Unbreakable), the Gold Family (Redline), and the Devils of Ashville MC (She-Devil) to grow and thrive.
Under the leadership of Chief Lewis, the various districts of the Ashville PD have made great strides in infiltrating and bringing many of these groups to justice, but the city has a long road of recovery ahead. There are six districts under Chief Lewis’s command. The downtown district is led by Captain Elizabeth Thorne who was thrust into a leadership position as an interim after a corruption scandal within the department. Detectives Trent Davis, James Carter, and officer Ryan Corell work in her district. Rose Baldwin sometimes steps in as a victim’s advocate, using her experience to help women escaping from traumatic situations. The Ashville Point district falls under the command of Captain Ainsley.
I started writing Irrevocable on pure impulse, but as I started to wrap it up, I realized I needed a location to anchor it down. Well, no one is going to believe this much insanity can happen in Ohio, I thought. We have numerous issues with drugs and human trafficking in my small town, but an operation of the size that appears in the book? I didn’t realize how wide-spread this was until I started researching.