Where you most of your stories take place?
Lately, I’ve been drawn to my old stomping ground of Atlanta. In fact, I’ve set one of my urban fantasy series there. There’s something about the ATL that I miss very much, so this is my way of recapturing it. Of course, it helps that I’ll be attenting both DragonCon and Moonlight & Magnolias, which means I’ll probably make a research trip out of it, too. 😉
The only story I’ve written that takes place in North Carolina in the Triangle Area is UNSTABLE ENVIRONMENT. It’s sequel, THE HIVE, starts out in NC, but then it travels to the Tennessee Mountains. I haven’t traveled to those mountains in a long time, but I still remember the beauty. Needless to say, that also left a sweet impression on me. However, I found out that writing about a fictious town wasn’t too different from writing about a real one. The outline I’m putting together for the third book in my werecheetah series will take place in Charlotte. In the six years that I’ve lived here, I guess it’s about time I visited there instead of “just driving through.” I’m also setting my sights on Wilmington.
STRIPPED and HOLLOW PLAYGROUND are children of Boston. There’s something about that city that reeks of history, which is better than any stupid Social Studies book could offer. In fact, maybe I wouldn’t taken that class more seriously had we taken a field trip there. During my time there, I spent about 6 weeks in the Weston across the street from Copley Square because I couldn’t find an apartment. When I did, one of my favorite stops on a boring, draining ride back and forth to work was the look and feel of South Station. Gosh, I love that place. I especially loved the book store where I had picked up a magazine or two. It was my time in Boston where I discovered my love for books and the written word. That was where I decided to embark on my writing career.
I don’t know about anyone else, but one of the first things I need to lay down when I’m writing a story is the location. I ask myself, “What city is this book a good fit for?” If I had a choice, I’d love to set stories in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, LA, and DC. Whether or not I’ll ever get there is another story.
What locations play a part in your stories and why?