Make sure you stick around because we will be giving away a copy of Destiny of the Wolf.
Making a Setting Real by Terry Spear
When I wrote Heart of the Wolf, I set it in Colorado and in Oregon. Why those places? Both appealed since I had lived in each state, and some wolves have been in the areas, so I wanted to start out with those places.
I’d love to set a story in New Hampshire where I used to vacation. Having lived in an area makes it so much more real. I’ve thought of setting one in Florida since I grew up there. Bears are making a real comeback. They do have red wolves there. So why not a pack of werewolves?
Destiny of the Wolf was set strictly in Colorado based on a conglomeration of silver towns, so that it could be my very own werewolf run town.
But the next two stories, To Tempt the Wolf, coming September 1, set on the Oregon beach, a place I loved to visit when I was in college, and the next in the series, set in the Canadian Arctic to add a new element, Arctic werewolves, are coming next. After that, I’m working on another Colorado story and another Oregon story. But you never know where I …er, my werewolves might end up next.
What makes a place a good spot to set a story? Uniqueness. Something that makes it special. In the case of Oregon, I found Wolf Rock to set a battle scene. I searched all kinds of areas, but Wolf Rock was just perfect, even more so because of it’s name. I even went as far as printing out elevation maps to determine how the characters could navigate through the terrain.
But all in all, the story is a fiction, so some of it is strictly creative license. Although, many of the places do exist, including in Heart of the Wolf, Alfred’s ranch. I “lifted” that from a ranch that was for sale! I loved the description and used many of the details to make his ranch real. But the interior was my very own concoction to suit my story.
I’ve been to a lot of beaches over the years and so could write some great stories set in more tropical areas, but alas, how many werewolves realistically would be beachcombers? Hmm, could be a new angle!
One of my fans said she’d never been to Oregon so she loved reading about it and it made her long to go there.
So what settings have been memorable for you in stories? Are there places you like to read about and then visit, even if they are far out and pure fantasy?
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Contest Time! We’re giving away a copy of Terry’s new novel Destiny of the Wolf to one lucky commentary and it’s very easy to enter. All you have to do is answer Terry’s question: So what settings have been memorable for you in stories? Are there places you like to read about and then visit, even if they are far out and pure fantasy?
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I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer. All entries must be in by midnight on March 17th.