don’t describe it explicitly, every story has a context. A novel is its own
world. Living, breathing, changing.
in the novel goes beyond descriptions of rooms and landscapes. It includes
fashion, history, outlook and mood.
psychological influence. The beach always makes me happy. I have a room in my
house that I and most people find very soothing. I usually nap in that room.
characters. I’ve talked about the conflict arising from the setting, but how
does your setting make your characters feel? That is more important than what
it looks like. You can illustrate a place by how a character’s views of it
almost passed out from the smell. Not really sure why I had this aversion. Now,
I work in a hospital.
by giving character active relationships with it.
also a sense of time. As much as you can mark your character’s change in
perception of place, you can mark their change in perception of time.
conveyed in its particulars. The devil
is in the details. Emotions are more easily evoked when the details are
Suskind is set in 18th Century France. How it really was. No one
bathed. There was raw sewage. In other words it stank.
reigned in the cities a stench barely conceivable to us modern men and women.
The streets tank of manure, the courtyards of urine, the stairwells stank of
moldering wood and rat droppings, the kitchens of spoiled cabbage an mutton
fat; the unaired parlors stank of stale dust, the bedrooms of greasy sheets,
damp featherbeds, and the pungently sweet aroma of chamber pots.
never describes what they smell like. He lets the reader fill in the rest.
dog and three rabbits. She graduated from Penn State
with a degree in journalism. When she isn’t writing and giving workshops, she
works part time for her local hospital.
small, idyllic town where nothing ever happens. Just the kind of life she has
always wanted. No one, not even her fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about
her past life as an agent for Homeland Security.
Trey McCrane, comes back into Mallory’s life. He believes they made a great
team once, and that they can do so again. Besides, they don’t have much choice.
Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and
their old nemesis, is back.
drawn together by necessity, Mallory and Trey go on the run and must learn to
trust each other again―if they hope to survive. But Mallory has been hiding
another secret, one that could destroy their relationship. And time is running
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