Location, Location, Location

Jan 16, 2013 by

Location, Location, Location

First of all, WELCOME to the tour members of the Girly Book Blog Hop! I’m thrilled to meet you all and hope you’ll introduce yourselves in the comments section below! Don’t forget to leave a comment to be in the running for a free copy of Summer Melody!

 Girly Books Blog Hop Button Location, Location, Location

If you’ve ever gotten sucked in to watching episodes of House Hunters or House Hunters International on HGTV (GUILTY!!), you will know that probably the majority of the time, the individuals looking to buy the house go with the one that has the best location, i.e. is the closest to work or school or shopping or whatever they were really looking for in terms of location. Location beats price, size, you name it.

It’s the same way in writing. In the best books (and by extension, the best movies and television), the setting is so vivid and so relevant to the characters and their actions that it literally becomes like another character in the story. Can you imagine Harry Potter without Hogwarts? Wuthering Heights without the moors? Gone With the Wind without Tara? They quite literally would be different (and far worse) stories without the brilliant rendering of the setting.

In my own novel, Summer Melody, setting is really key to understanding what makes my characters tick. The novel takes place in a quaint little tourist-trap of a town in Ohio called Daedalus Falls. This is the kind of place where the downtown has all sorts of boutiques with the word “Olde” in the title, where the locals never go because there’s nothing affordable of any real use.  And yet… the town is undeniably beautiful, full of grace and real charm, capped by a small waterfall that runs right through the town center. For 14-year-old Jane, this town is all she’s ever known; she has no other settings to compare it too. But for her mother, Bonnie, Daedalus Falls seems to straddle the line between a place where she and her children can be completely safe and an ivory tower so sheltered that her children will not have the life skills and experience they will need to be successful in the outside world. And for Jane’s cousin, Meg, Daedalus Falls represents that break between the haves and the have-nots; yet she still makes her own living in one of the boutiques of the town.

GIVEAWAY ALERT!! What books have you read where you remember the setting maybe even more than the plot of the book? Leave me a comment below that answers that question or tell me about your favorite vacation spot and why it’s your favorite, and you will be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Summer Melody! Also, don’t forget to visit all the other blogs on Libby Mercer’s Girly Books Blog Hop! Click on the image below to go to the list of participating blogs AND enter into the drawing for the most amazing grand prize – there is some fabulous writing to be read and fabulous prizes to be won!

UPDATE 1/22/13: Gwen E. is the winner of the signed copy of Summer Melody! Congratulations, Gwen, and thanks to everyone who commented!!