I write in layers. That means, my first draft is mainly dialogue, character thought, and emotion. Once I complete the book, I go back in and add setting, description, movement, body language, and timeline. I used to weave my setting and timeline in as I wrote the first draft. Until my editor asked if I could change my book from spring to Christmas. I’d already written the first draft and had about a month to change it to a Christmas story while it was hotter than blazes with Arkansas’ coma-inducing humidity in August. Since my books are mainly set in Texas Hill Country, I had to change spring wildflowers and bird chatter to sometimes warm, sometimes cold, but hardly ever any snow weather. On top of weaving in the usual stuff I save for last. I did it, but after that, I started saving my setting for last, in case of last-minute changes. Given the choice, my books are usually set in Fall or Spring, my two favorite seasons. If left up to me, there would be no Summer. Ever. I’m just not a fan of sweating for no reason.
I’m currently writing my first novella, for a collection with four other authors, and my second Christmas book. Yes, I’m finally writing. Christmas with a twist. The theme is Christmas on the Beach. In Arkansas, spring is upon us. We have nice days, then rain, then humidity rears its ugly head. My story is set in Surfside Beach, Texas where the average high is 66 with a low of 48. I’ve never been there. But we are planning to visit this spring on the way to see my husband’s family in Texas Hill Country. By the time the final editing stage begins, I’ll have visited my setting, so I can plump it up with first-hand experience. I chose the setting because it’s supposed to be the best shelling in Texas. I hope so, since I’ve never seen a seashell I could stand to leave behind and I need more for my office.
So lets talk setting. What’s your favorite and why? Beach, Ranch, City, Country, Smalltown, Lake, River, Coastal? Workplace, Hospital, School, Dude Ranch, Inn, or Bed & Breakfast? Something I didn’t list? How about season? Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter, Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas? What about small holidays like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, a main character’s birthday? Do you like event books set around a vacation, roadtrip, wedding, family reunion, high school reunion, college reunion, or festival? Or something I haven’t thought of?
Share your favorite setting or season and why to get in the drawing. This post begins my fourth year at Inspy Romance. To celebrate, one winner will receive a print copy of my latest, A Texas Bond and one winner will receive a print copy of my two in one with Jill Lynn, Counting on the Cowboy & Her Texas Cowboy. Deadline: May 8th.
In the meantime, I did some sewing. This is the new comforter and curtain topper I made for our bedroom. I’ve only planned it for five years, but at least I finally got it done. But now, I don’t like the taupe curtains. It’s always something. And here’s my latest puzzle. It’s fitting since my Christmas beach novella is set in a Bed & Breakfast. This one will probably stay intact for inspiration until I complete the novella.