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I’m glad to be back for Romance Weekly this week. Beth Carter submitted our questions. Make sure to visit Beth’s Banter after checking out the fun below.
What is your favorite aspect of novel writing? Dialogue? Setting? Conflict? Narration? Explain.
My favorite part of novel writing is world building. For me it’s more than creating a setting or time period. In my world building I start out with a place and it grows organically from there as I intertwine the larger series goals into each novel. So far, I identify a location that I really enjoyed exploring and keep bringing it back into other stories. It’s also more about the interrelationships between my characters and the locations. I’ve kept my world building on planet Earth but I have future plans for worlds in different dimensions and possibly on different planets.
How do you choose the setting for your plot? Are they always similar settings or does it vary? (i.e. small towns, big city, castle, etc.)
My settings are either in a small town where I’ve placed an important university surrounded by mountains and forests or in a corporate setting in a larger town not necessarily a big city. For my current series, I like to keep the settings similar or at least incorporate a location or locations across novels as it helps me focus on the overarching plot of the series. My stories aren’t continuations of the previous one but they do take place in the same world sphere and having them too different would pull me out of the fun. I get my settings mostly from places I’ve lived or been but I make up fictional town names. It gives me a little more freedom. I wrote a manuscript with a location that I have never been to and the research was very hard to say the least.
Beth Carter is a big six-word memoir fan. (Hemingway even wrote one.) Describe your writing day using just six words.
A hectic muddle of chaotic joy.
That memoir made me tired. :)
I’m curious to find out about J.J. Devine’s six-word memoir. On with the show. See you next week.