Does the setting of a book affect whether or not you choose to read it?
If you read a book set somewhere you know do you prefer that? Or what about if it's somewhere you know but in the book you're reading it looks unrecognisable. "Hey that's not my town, that's not right!"
Here are a few thoughts of my own on setting.
Sometimes all you need to do is change the name to protect the innocent. In my second book Hearts Afire the island I describe is a real island in Queensland but I changed it's name so I could take some creative license. Likewise the characters live in Stanton - no such place exists in Sydney's inner-west, at least not by that name.
If you want to use a real setting my best advice is to make it real. get the facts right and no one will complain, get it wrong and well, you'll certainly hear about it.
So do you like books set in real places or do you prefer created towns, cities and villages?
I am a writer of light-hearted contemporary women's fiction.
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