It's blog hop today and this time, we're responding to a prompt from Brenda Margriet.
If you missed what Carolyn Spear had to say, you might want to jump back and check it out. Actually, I recommend you pop back and read her post.
As you may or may not know, I wear two hats as a writer—medieval and contemporary.
As far as medieval goes, the answer is fairly simple. Knights and Ladies need a castle in England, and a castle in England is where we go. This one was the inspiration for Anglesea Castle in "Sweet Bea" and "My Lady Faye".
Contemporary gets a bit more complicated, and I tend to go with 'write what you know' and try to base my settings in my reality.
I liked the place to feel 'real' to readers, and believe it needs to feel 'real' to me first.
When I first wrote the Willow Park Romance series, I was living in Montreal, Canada, and the books were set there. When Kensington picked me up for publication, we had to pick a US city that closely resembled the part of Montreal I was describing. So we came up with Willow Park, a fictional town to the north of Chicago.
"Nobody's Fool" takes place almost entirely in Willow Park, and for the same reason as above.
But when I wrote "Nobody's Princess" we'd already moved to Utah. So Thomas Hunter and his leading lady, Tiffany, take a road trip to Utah to track down her husband. In a Lamborgini Miura. With a sulky, goth teen.
Next up is the talented and lovely Jeana E. Mann, join me as I head over and find out how she responds to Brenda's prompt