Tuesday, July 12
Setting, Situation, Scene . . . Continued
Douglas Kennedy's books. One of my favorite authors, his cosmopolitan lifestyle shows up in every book he's ever written. And think about Stephen King's novels and how they reflect his quiet, shuttered life in Maine. Danielle Steele's novels almost all take place in San Francisco or Paris, where Steele has homes. Most authors write what they know and love.
I do it, too. Lakes play a huge role in my writing, and not just because the Women of Willow Bay is a series set on the shore of Lake Michigan. My characters need the water the same way I do. They walk the beach and find peace and joy in sunsets over the lake. Even when I write a book that isn't in Willow Bay, there will be a lake, I promise.
Wine--it's a part of everything I write because it's a part of my life. Delicious meals with wine show up in my books. I love trying different foods and I eat a lot of fresh vegetables and fruit and fish, so my characters do too. And like Liz, my characters almost always end up in a kitchen at some point. A cooking scene can build a relationship and so can a coffee shop scene. The Daily Grind, the coffee shop in Willow Bay, is the setting for a couple of pivotal scenes in the WOWB books.
So, Liz's question still stands: Do you have situations or places that repeat from story to story? Share them with us and explain why you write them. Wranglers are still curious!