Your Story’s Setting by Kim Wollenburg
Setting has always been an interesting quandary for me. Just how important is setting? I think the answer to that is – it depends. (Isn’t it odd how many questions can be answered that way?) I think the reader determines how important the setting is. Some just want to know where without being bogged down by elaborate or flowery descriptions of everything the characters’ see. Others will want that. It’s a tough balance to strike for us authors.
Most of my story settings are in places I’ve never been before. There is one setting that I’d love to write more of, and definitely like to read, and that’s futuristic settings. Yes, the ones set in space on faraway planets. Some of my favorite movies/shows happened in space – Star Trek (Next Generation), Star Wars and Firefly. Same thing with books. I love to be drawn into fantastic settings that are beyond anything I can dream of. The imagination of the writers who come up with these places is amazing.
While I love Key of Solomon and am having fun writing book 2 (The Death Skull releases in August 2012), my first love is futuristic, or science fiction (as they are now known) romances. Why? In large part, because of the setting.
Exploring new places on Earth is fun, and I enjoy writing about Egypt and other exotic locales. However, I’m happiest when I’m on another planet. Or in a star cruiser dancing among the stars. It feeds something in me I have been unable to define. It could be the love of space was impressed on me from childhood but I don’t think too long on that. I just know that I love stories set in space.
The first book I sold was a futuristic romance called Hit Me With Your Best Shot. It wasn’t set in space but what I enjoyed most about that, besides Sidra, the heroine and her mysterious hero, Gideon, is creating a future world. Set on Earth in the far future, I got to take some of the familiar and twist it. Including playing with human/animal genetic crossings. Not shape-shifters. Actually crosses. Recently, I’ve had the opportunity to revisit this world as I’m re-releasing it with Lyrical Press on February 27, 2012 (love my shiny new cover!!). Same title, new sexy cover and, with the help of my fantastic editor, fixed some of the flaws. I’m excited about it re-releasing but more than that, I loved revisiting that world so much so that I’m going to write another in the same future setting. I’d forgotten how much I liked to make things up
You see, that’s the freedom of writing futuristic settings. And maybe that’s why I like to do them so much. With these, I’m only limited by my imagination and common sense (as to how things work). It’s been fun discovering what my imagination can come up with when I let it go. Sometimes, I amaze myself.
How about you, the readers? What are you favorite settings?