The locations in the Gallagher books were all chosen with great care and for reasons specific with the story lines.
Montana: Having spent many wonderful years in Montana, it seemed only natural to set my first series here. Montana is still considered by many who have never stepped foot on it's soil, to be a wild land of cowboys and Indians. This "ideal" became the perfect setting for the majority of the Gallagher books.
Scotland: Scotland, one of my absolute favorite lands, welcomes a person the moment they step on her soil and I miss her every day. With such a fondness for this land, I knew Brenna must have her roots and upbringing in this remarkable place.
New Orleans: Not actually having been to this city, I had to rely on online reports and descriptions. This city makes a brief appearance in the second book, but it was chosen for one of the lead characters in Gallagher's Hope, for it's strong French influence.
Kentucky: Known for it's glorious horse farms, of course it would be the perfect setting to make an appearance in Gallagher's Choice.
Hawk's Peak, the Gallagher family ranch, captures how I imagine the old ranches of that time with the vast expanse of land, big skies, open ranges, wild horses, and cattle drives. I love Montana and the years I've spent here have been the best of my life. I moved here because I had a dream of living in a place that embodied what the real west would have been like before becoming populated and overgrown.
The fictional town of Briarwood is set in what would now be the region north of Bozeman, Montana. I couldn't find a single good picture of an old western town as I imagined Briarwood to be, so think instead of a cross between Dr. Quinn's 'Colorado Springs' and Lonesome Dove series 'Curtis Wells'.