I heard an interview where he talked about how much he loved Michigan and its seasons and mentioned that there are parts of the books he imagine taking place in specific places. The beach scene below he imagines being at a specific location in Ludington. Check out those Lake Michigan grasses right there.
Also, is it just me, or are the Mouse Territories secretly a map of Southeast Michigan.
Which is interesting because I myself used Michigan as a guide to make D&D maps back in the day.
Also, in the back of the role playing game (designed by Luke Crane), the references include
Mammals of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.Anyhow, David Petersen (or Luke), if you have a google alert set up for yourself, are reading this, and find yourself in the Ann Arbor area, shoot me an email and we'll have you over for dinner anytime.
Birds of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.
Reptiles and Amphibians of Michigan Field Guide, Stan Tekiela, Adventure Publications.