I’ve hit that stage in my writing process where I’m thinking of the next series to come. Part of that process is creating the setting. I want it to be great, I want it to be authentic, I want it to induce nostalgia and a sense of home.
But first, I have to figure out what that means to me and what I think it means to the potential reader. Oh, and of course, what it’ll mean to my characters.
I’ll be writing a new series for Love Inspired (the first two books are under contract) set in Arkansas. When I came up with the story idea, I knew I wanted my story to take place in Arkansas. But I don’t know where in Arkansas to place my fictional town. And I don’t know what to name my fictional town.
So I thought I’d ask you guys for help. Ready to play a game? It’s called, name Toni’s fictional town and pin the spot in Arkansas. ;)
Now I can tell you right now, I want my fictional town to have a river (or lake) backdrop along with some mountain views. You’d think that would help me but narrow it down but . . .
My characters are siblings (two boys, two girls, not in that order). One of the siblings oversees a business of tiny home rentals. I may be way to excited about this detail. I may have checked out a bunch of books from the library in my excitement. I may be bingeing a tiny home series on streaming in the name of research. ;)
So because my character runs a tiny home rental business where people can get away from the city and see the sights of nature, I need to pick a region that reflects that.
Alright, let’s talk regions. Arkansas is split into the northwest, north central, upper delta, central, southwest, and lower delta. The northwest has the Ozark mountains which I’m imagining to be pretty spectacular. They also have the Buffalo national river starting here. The north central region has some underground caverns, lakes, rivers, and other sites. The upper delta has the Mississippi river as a border. Central region is home to Little Rock. The southwest has the Ouachita National Forest. Last, the lower delta has Lake Chicot, Arkansas’s largest natural lake.
So you see there is plenty of nature and God’s creation to see in each region. There’s also other historical points of interest in various places of the region and I’m not sure if I’ll want that to factor in my setting.
So this is where you come in. 1) Please tell me which region you think is best. 2) Give me an idea for the fictional town’s name (if I choose your selection, I promise to thank you in the acknowledgments). 3) And if you are actually from Arkansas and willing to let me pick your brain, let me know in the comments if it’s okay to reach out. Or of course you can message me through Facebook.
Thanks for your help!