At the moment, I am plotting a book. If you’ve read my books, you know I don’t get excited about the typical setting for historical romance, the London ballroom. I love the lesser known places, the slightly wild and occasionally remote–Durham, Northumberland, the Lake District, Yorkshire, the northern coast of Maine. That’s where my heart lies.
The first book in my new series is set in the 1850s in Kendal, Cumbria, the southernmost gateway to what is now Lake District National Park.
So when plotting the second book, it’s been fun to peruse maps and the web for an even wilder and more remote spot, isolated, in a crumbling castle within which is hidden treasure beyond price. These are my contenders:
The Isle of Skye (off the west coast of Scotland):An as-yet-undetermined location near Hadrian’s Wall: County Powys, Wales:
Lundy Island, off the coast of Devon:The Yorkshire Dales: I might come up with something entirely different in the end–it’s often more fun (and okay, easier) to look for settings than to actually write the book. 🙂
Writers: how do you come up with your settings?
Readers: What kinds of settings do you like the most? Civilized cities, or natural places? Glittery ballrooms or spooky castles?
And which one do you think I should choose? I’ll give away an ecopy of one of my books–your choice–to a randomly selected commenter!