Location is truly everything. Ever have that vacation to a place you never want to return? I have. Think Arkansas, cockroaches, and a moth eaten sheet at a hotel. Sigh. Never going back there. But a great scene for a crime novel!
What is it about a location that makes a NOVEL intrigue us? When I met with an editor a few years ago one of her big questions was ... location? I discover, believe it or not, overseas locations for novels are not high in demand -- too unrelatable. Montana, Texas, California...common in historicals and been done, but still doing. East coast? Common in Revolutionary War novels. Maine or Nantucket sneaks into Contemporaries. Midwest? Somewhat boring. Sorry.
So I've been keeping track of locations in the novels I've been reading. Trying to find the uniquest settings for a book.
Here's my top five:
- Appalachian Mountains -- as seen in CHRISTY AWARD WINNER Joanne Bischof's book "Be Still My Heart"
- Boston -- as seen in Elizabeth Camden's book "Against the Tide"
- Michigan -- as seen in Jody Hedlund's book "Unending Devotion"
- Alaska - as seen in Dani Pettrey's book "Shattered"
- Illinois - as seen in Krista Phillips book "Sandwich, with a Side of Romance
So as I sit and reminisce about my European wanderings and wish for the hot espresso at the cafe just off the beaten path ... I want to know, what are some of YOUR favorite locations that gripped you in a novel you read?