Yesterday, we talked about “what if” places my family could possibly move to should the opportunity arise. But what about our characters? How much thought do you put into a home for your hero and/or heroine? How important is the setting to your story?
If you write historical novels, setting is very important. However, other stories might not have as much of an emphasis on place. That doesn’t mean the author shouldn’t do his/her homework if he/she chooses to use an existing city or town. Be careful folks. Some of your readers will be very well acquainted with your novel’s location and will watch to ensure you get it right.
Personally, I prefer to make up my own cities based on places I know. I don’t create these imaginary locations because it’s easier, although it is. I simply prefer to be in charge of where my character’s favorite restaurant, movie theater, shopping mall, and house are situated. Does that make me a control freak?
Do you use real or imaginary settings? Why? How much thought do you put into the selection of the city/town you use? What are some of your favorite cities to write or read about?