Have you ever read a novel where the setting was so breathtakingly described that you almost felt as though you had seen the movie version?
Lately, I have had the pleasure to read several self-published books that left me with just that feeling – novels in which the setting became a character in and of itself. I started to get curious about the relationship between a writer and a setting that was so vividly described. I speculated that to write in this way, an author probably has a unique relationship with a particular location. I decided to explore this idea by inviting these authors over to my blog to do a guest post on this topic.
The first of these authors has already appeared – Linda Gillard was here to tell us about her inspiration for her latest novel, Cauldstane. Her post was resplendent with Scottish castles and Highland scenes. This Saturday, March 15th, I will be featuring Ron Geigle, author of The Woods – a stunning novel set in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State. The following Saturday, March 22nd, Gillian Hamer will be here to share how her relationship with Northern Wales became integral to three of her novels.
After organizing these guest posts, I realize I’m setting a pattern. I’m indebted to Deb Young from Off the Shelf for giving me an idea. She wrote a post announcing a new guest feature on her blog entitled: Selling My Books – Top Tips from Self-Published Authors. Guess who is going to be her first guest, next Wednesday, March 19th? Yes, yes – it will be me – the next stop on my book tour. I hope you’ll pop over on the 19th and get in on another chance to win a book prize.
Anyway, as I read Deb’s post, I realized that I might do something similar.
So – here goes – I am announcing a new feature on my blog – Location, Location, Location. If you have self-published a novel that is set in an area you are intimately acquainted with and if you would like to write a guest post on the ways your knowledge of this setting has influenced your writing, please let me know. You can email me at email@example.com
I’m going to try and schedule these posts for the 1st Saturday of every month. I’ll want to read and review your novel before featuring your guest post, so give me some lead in time. I’ll also ask that you supply a few photos of the location you are writing about.
I’ll leave you today with a photo of the location that figures so dominantly in my books – the inspiration for Crater Lake.
What a great idea! I’ve always had a hard time picturing locations and describing them and am in awe of people who make places come alive. Looking forward to this series!
Me, too 🙂 It is great fun to discover new writers and the topic is one that constantly intrigues me. I’m so glad the idea appeals to you. I’m looking forward to seeing you around my blog.
Fantastic support all around and I have to say, that photograph is reflective poetry.
Oh, these vistas do supply inspiration, for sure. I’m looking forward to running this feature.
Fantastic idea, Fran!
Love this idea! Setting is one of the things I’m weaker at, so I’m always so impressed with other people’s abilities to create these vivid locations through words. I’ve heard setting should be strong enough to be considered its own character in your story, shaping the events that unfold as much as the people. Looking forward to reading your guest posts!
It seems that the scales swing back and forth on the whole idea of setting – one side weighing in heavily on the idea that dialogue, action and moving the story forward is paramount, the other side for this idea that location should be as vivid as any character – which sometimes ends up taking the reader away from talk, talk, talk and action, action, action. I guess it’s all about how it’s done – there are times a reader needs a break from talk and action – perfect spot for location setting. I hope you’ll enjoy this series and check out some of the authors who I believe have balanced the scales so well.
Excellent, Francis, I’m off now to check on my own descriptions. Janet x
Exactly – honing our craft is what it’s all about 🙂
I love this idea and look forward to more posts!
I hope to make this special feature a pleasant and informative journey.
Love the new feature idea, sounds great. Your opening question prompted me to supply this answer: “Yes, Fran. The novel was called Disappearing in Plain Sight!” Of course, The Light Never Lies is on my TBR list. Perhaps it will accompany me on our upcoming trip to California. Looking forward to revisiting my Crater Lake friends.
Thanks so much, Gwen. I’m looking forward to your take on the second book. I think The Light Never Lies would love a trip to California 🙂