Lindi here. Whoa—we’re already past Thanksgiving and heading into the Christmas season.
As far as my reading goes, here’s the scoop. Non-fiction, I am reading Think and Eat Yourself Smart by Dr. Carolyn Leaf. Such an amazing book! In the fiction realm, I am rereading Gone South by my dear friend, Meg Moseley. Gone South is the Love Our Readers book club pick for December 2017. (Here’s our book club graphic-how cute is it?)
Who loves to travel? Where are your favorite places to travel? Is there a city you are dying to go to, but haven’t made it there yet? I’m asking these questions because as an author setting is very important. Where our stories take place can make a decided difference in our characters lives. When I started writing the Devon Park series there were specific reasons why I picked mid-Ohio.
- I used to live in Ohio and still visit every other year, if not more often, so I’m familiar with the climate and area geography.
- For me mid-any state fosters imagines of homes and family.
- I wanted an area that experiences all 4 seasons.
My Richness in Faith series takes place in south Florida. Reasons:
- The books have an easy, breezy feel.
- I needed a warm climate for a Christmas novel.
- I loved the idea of mansions on the water. (The houses in the books were set along a bay, not the ocean.}
Don’t these covers say easy breezy?
I love to read books set in England. I always used to read historical novels and years ago, when my husband and I had a chance to visit London, I HAD to go to Hyde Park simply because I’d read about it so much.
And on the opposite side of favorite places to read about I’m sure there are places we don’t want to read about. Maybe a certain setting brings back bad memories, or child hood memories that we’d like to forget.
Regardless, as much as our characters and emotions play a huge part in our novels, setting is just as important. One of the questions I ask before writing, is why does this book need to take place here?
I have a novel set in a town in middle Georgia. (This novel isn’t published-yet!) I don’t know if you’ve ever been to Georgia, let alone middle Georgia, but these are the images I conjure up in my mind when I think of middle Georgia.
- Red clay.
- Small towns surrounded by farmland.
- Pick up trucks and tractors.
I chose this area specifically because although my heroine was born in Fox Valley, Georgia, (my made-up small town) she moved when she was eight and has lived in the big city of Washington DC for the past 20 years. She doesn’t have too many fond memories of Fox Valley, and it represents the opposite of everything she knows. (Instant external conflict.)
I also love reading books set in urban areas. I love the vibe! City lights, people, late night dinners, walking through crowds holding hands.
Here’s our assignment for the day. :) In the comment section tell us a city you’d like to read about and why, and/or tell us a city you’d always pick up books to read if they were set there.
One commenter will receive a copy of my book, Rich in Hope. It’s a Christmas story and it’s that time of year.