By: Angi Morgan
The secret success of any business is location, location, location. We've heard. Had it drilled into us. But what does that have to do with writing or reading books. And more specifically romantic suspense? Many authors prefer to invent their town names and locales. I have more fun utilizing actual Texas terrain, highways and town descriptions. It helps me write the story to take pictures and use them on my screen savers. The story is much more vivid for me and easier to write.
No matter if it's an actual or imaginary setting, the best location for the story is an important element. For instance, I sold my May release, PROTECTING THEIR CHILD in late March 2012. When I wrote the synopsis for Cord & Kate's story, it was based on drive-through memories of West Texas. I hadn't decided what town it should be near. Yes, I'm admitting that out loud. Over a long weekend, Tim and I drove to the Davis Mountains and I began seeing the story unfold. Awesome. We went on a hike and there was more of the story. Little things like cactus and brush. Major things like no cell coverage and a lack of roads--which play a major part in "chase" books. And how far away from major towns and hospitals became eye openers and inspired several new stories for the area.
I returned home and PTC just flew from my fingertips. When I was almost done, I checked the synopsis and wow, I'd taken a totally different direction. Both figuratively and literally--over the mountains instead of around. Fortunately, visiting the location made it a better direction that my editor loved. LOL
Visiting a location is essential for me. It's part of my writing process. I've always believed that the scene plays a major part in the plot. I once read a story about north Dallas and the car pulling off the freeway into an oak grove. Really? In North Dallas which is all strip malls and business? Nope, no oak groves… Totally ruined the story for me. I strive not to make that mistake. I'm so glad I have a husband that doesn't mind road trips. (big grin)
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Angi Morgan writes “Intrigues where honor and danger collide with love.” She combines actual Texas settings with characters who are in realistic and dangerous situations. Angi is a finalist in the Bookseller’s Best Award, Romantic Times Best First Series, Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence and the Daphne du Maurier.
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Have you ever been put off by the scenery in a story? Found that if the author got something wrong, then the rest of the book was harder to believe?