I’ve lived all over the place: Lancashire, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire, Birmingham, Texas, Ohio, and now Scotland. I wouldn’t change that for the world, but it does mean that I don’t feel like I know any particular place very thoroughly.
So where can I root my stories? I don’t feel like I know any particular place well enough to be able to describe the streets, the houses, the atmosphere or the accents.
For now, my stories tend to be set somewhere vague, somewhere anonymous. But I’m beginning to realise the importance of a concrete setting. The reader needs somewhere to latch on to, and I don’t feel that so far I have provided that very well.
How do you create a realistic setting for your stories?