I think I’ve touched on this before, but not in the context of where my book is going to be. Or rather, the latter part of my book. The first three quarters or so will be on an alien planet, but once they get to Earth I need to pick a home for my characters. It’s something I’ve been mulling over, wondering, and doing a bit of eenie-meenie-miney-moe for. After my vacation last week, I think I’ve pretty much got it nailed.
I want a place near mountains, and fairly remote. At first I thought I wanted it near a city, or a bigger town, but now I don’t think so. Remoteness can be good. Collateral damage can be kept to the minimum (anyone ever wonder about all the buildings torn down in superhero stories?) There’s more space for fights or hiding. And lets face it, big cities have been done to death. It’s one of the things I love about the Moon Called series so much. It’s not huge and pretentious. The setting is comfortable. Familiar to the author. It’s a shame Mercy Thompson doesn’t have the rabid fanbase Bella does. The Tri-Cities area could be seeing a bump in tourism from it. In fact, I’m zeroing in on the location of Aspen Creek. Just need to figure milages…. ;P In fact. Here’s Baree Lake. I do remember something about Wanless Lake, just to the northwest. I think my dad used to tell stories about it. I could be imagining things. He tells lots of stories about mountain places. I lose track of place names.
But that’s the other thing. Those stories. I grew up on cowboy stories, hunting trips (he was a guide at one point), log building, all sorts of stuff. Not currently living in a place having those things, the next best thing would be setting a story in a place like that.
Hello Cody, WY! Laying aside the fact I was born there (I remember nothing of it), it has a number of things I like for the story. As a tourist spot, and being near Yellowstone, it gets a fair number of people through it from all over the country. This is good for the Chaos Demons. And it means that once they latch on to a person, the team will have to travel to go get them unlatched. So we still get a little world travel. But it’s not highly populated in and of itself. The people live not in one clump, but in a huge sprawl over the whole area, and there are some awesome houses there. It’s still close enough to Billings and a mall for the team to get major shopping done and people who need to visit can fly in there. I’d considered Billings for a while, but it’s a little too big for what I want. I want the team to be known in the town, and familiar.
It’s going to mean research though. And crawling all over the town and it’s surroundings as much as I can when I go to visit.
Hey, more reasons to go right? XD