Book Settings - A Romance Writer's Weekly Post

Today's Romance Writer's Weekly prompt comes from Brenda Margriet -

How do you choose the setting for your book? Does where you live inspire you?

A.S. Fenichel was the previous stop on our blog hop. Hopefully, you've been following along, but if you're starting here, welcome!

I choose the setting based on what the book needs, whether that's a major city, a small town, or anything in between. I grew up in a big city (Philadelphia, PA), but also spent time in suburban and rural areas, so I feel comfortable writing about them all, and I have.

But because so much information is available online, I don't think it's necessary to have lived in, or even physically visited a location in order to write about it well. I have a story that takes place in the Catskills in NY, but I've never been there. I have another one set in L.A., but haven't been there either.

If I could, I'd have a house at the beach, a loft in the city (Philly or NYC), a place in the mountains, and a castle in Scotland. :-) Writing about different areas feeds my need to spend time in these places.

After reviewing my stories, beaches seem to crop up a lot... Time for a vacation!

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