Kristi picked location this week for her topic.
I touched on it yesterday, replying to Christi, (yes, two different ladies)!
Last week, I said that I prefer to write/read about cowgirls and cowboys.
That would lead me to location. I'm probably not going to set a cowboy downtown Manhattan, although it's been done, of course. Most of my characters are going to live in rural Colorado or Arizona. Places I've lived and love.
I love where I live (SW Colorado) and I love to bring the places I ride, visit, live to readers. Not everyone can visit the mts, or the small towns I grew up in, but they can go there in my stories. I can bring my horses, dogs and other assorted animals to the readers. Not everyone can spend thier Saturdays riding through the aspens, but I can take them there. Hopefully, if I do it right, they can feel the horses between their legs, smell the aspen leaves and pine trees. Not everyone can herd cattle or direct a working dog, but they can live it through my characters.
In my friends' and CPs' stories, I can be on stage, or visit Puerto Vallarta or Indianna. Places I haven't been, and probably won't ever go, but I feel like I have, thanks to them.
What could be better than that?