I’m 10,000 words into my next novel and this and one is turning out to be a traditional mystery rather than the thriller genre my Steven Hawk/Inola Walela series falls under. Although the location is based on Baker City, Oregon, I’ve decided to create the fictional town Cascadia, Oregon.
I usually perform endless hours researching locations if I’m not familiar with the locale, and a majority of what I write is based on first-hand experiences of the areas I present. This is the first time I’ve built an entire town from the ground up and I’m a bit nervous about this.
For you writers out there, have you created fictional locations for your work? And readers, do you prefer the writer to take you to an actual place?
Deborah J Ledford is the author of the debut suspense thriller novel STACCATO, now available from Second Wind Publishing, Amazon and Kindle. If you’re in the Arizona area, STACCATO can be found at Borders Scottsdale Waterfront, The Well Red Coyote, and Changing Hands Bookstore.