Fear in Writing: Around the World

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Around the World

Location can be so interesting in a book.  Or, it can be completely unimportant and flat.  I, for one, love reading a book in which the location is another character.

So today I am recruiting...What is interesting about where you write or live?  Why is it a great setting for a book...or why not? 

We are lucky enough to have a world of bloggers from around the world.  If any of you are interested in guest blogging for my "Writing Around the World" week (scheduled for the week of Oct. 18th), I'd love to have you!  You don't have to be from outside the U.S., but I'd love to have at least half of you from other countries.  And you can post about where you write or where you live.  The subject: why that place makes an interesting setting for a novel.  What does your location bring to a book that other cities or countries do not?

Respond here or email me at micheleemrath (at) ymail (dot) com.


  1. Michele - What a great question! My writing takes place in a small college town in Pennsylvania. I think it makes for an interesting setting because college towns allow all kinds of different people to brought together. That allows for any number of different kinds of interactions. Most of my WIP, though, takes place in and around Philadelphia, where I spent most of my adult life before moving to where I live now. I love the city because it's got so many different sides. There are so many contrasts and so much history, there, too, that it makes, I think, a good background for a story.

  2. Great idea, Michele. an't wait for this one.

  3. I set my stories in Bombay- a city so crowded that it is a natural setting for stories.

    I would love to do this, but October is so crowded, I am sure I do not have time for anything else. If you do it again, count me in.

    Look forward to reading everyone's posts, though.

  4. I don't write about Mexico where I live but I focus my writings in London. Isn't that much more interesting?


  5. My so-called novel is set in Winterland, because that's where I'm living. It's a nice old town to live in, and it makes research easy. I just go for a walk >:)

    Cold As Heaven

  6. I'd love to write a guest post about New Zealand.

  7. Awesome idea, Michelle! I can't wait to read what people have to say. (And I'll give others a chance first, but if you don't end up with anyone from the SW US, I'm game to contribute!)

    Have a great day!

  8. Where I live isn't all that interesting, but my book's setting seems cool to me. Sorry, can't give you anything about earth, but I could tell you about Cassa and spaceships.

  9. I'm really excited about this one. I've contacted a few of you who offered (and a few who didn't--hehehehe) and it should be a great lineup! I'll let you know as soon as I do!

  10. Hi, Michele,
    I'm on for Thursday the 21st of October.
    And I'll try hard not to disappoint.
    Murder Is Everywhere