Home, Sweet Home!

After taking a brief vacation, celebraing 39 years of marriage, It’s good to be back home.

Welcome to my Monday – which, by the way, is your Monday, too. I think it’s wonderful how our paths cross. You’re a part of my life while at the same time, I’m a part of yours, and I thank you for that privilege.

First, just let me say that the new new question for the week is up along with the new excerpt, My Shepherd’s Love, written by my wife. Check them out.

Now, let me ask you a question. When you choose a setting for your story, what do you consider? How much research do you do in building the setting? How realistic do you try to make it. Hopefully, your answer is, very realistic.

Even though you may be involved in writing a fiction story, to make it a believable story, you must include certain facts – at least if your story takes place in a realistic place. Of course, if you’re writing fantasy, you’re free to build your own land and suroundings.

Over the past several books, I’ve noticed different ways I’ve developed the settings. Let me know what you think works the best in the comments below.

Winch-Hunt – The setting is a fictiouse town, Sandy Hill, Maine. The story is built around a lighthouse on Lake Erie that I’ve had the pleasure of exp;oring, but it’s placed in Sandy Hill. Sandy Hill does not exist as a town, but to make the story more believable, I had to research the Maine coast since I have never had the opportunity to visit Maine. Totally fictional, although I had to add research to make it seem real.

The Voice – Again, the town of Lafayette was, in a sense, fictional. I chose the name Lafayette because it seems that just about every state has a Lafayette. I deliberately kept the details vague, which allowed the reader to imagine the Lafayett they may most likely be familair with.

Dear Ellie – This was different for me. The story takes place in three different locations. One, my hometown, of which I am very familiar. Two, another location was in a neighborhood where my cousin lived many years ago. The third location, Brownsville, had to be researched and is based on an actual location that I have never seen. The first two needed little to no research. The third needed much research as a real location, known by real people, was used.

Manchan’s Tale and Cadeyrn’s Tale – Both are set in 4th century Ireland. You better believe more time was given to research, especially Manchan’s Tale, than any other. The Celts ruled Ireland at this time and were heavily involved in magic. That allowed for magical things to happen, but the setting still had to be as accurate as possible.

Jacob’s Ladder and Stage (f)Right – My first two books were largely built around my own life, something that is quite common with new authors. It’s what I know best so it’s the easiest to write about. Jacob’s Ladder began as a journal. Most of the beginning is built around facts, but later the setting shifts to Colorado – neve been there, So it called for research. I might add, don’t we as authors quite frequently interject our own personalities into our characters?

Okay, so just some different ways to think about setting. How do you develop the setting for your stories?

9 thoughts on “Home, Sweet Home!

  1. William
    Having travelled a lot I had a huge advantage that the stories I’ve published so far are all in places I knew to some degree. Though Scorpion’s Vengeance was a bit of a challenge as I only spent a little while in London.
    The beauty of Google Maps is you can take a ‘virtual walk’ down the streets and get the names of things like restaurants and pubs right (a biggie for me)
    I haven’t tried historical fiction yet, so I can’t comment on that but I’ve got plans for a couple.
    Great thoughts here.

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  2. Bill, my writing has a built in setting. From Chicago to Mexico City to Asia and Europe. Just my memory fades on particulars. So I embellish. I really did not have a gun in Paris. OK maybe a blade.

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