Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B is for Boston....I mean Baltimore!

 Now that I have told you the idea behind my book I can share my setting and of course there is a story behind it.

   Originally I set my story in Boston Mass. because I have some gay characters that are very important to my story and I wanted it to be set in a state where tolerance and equality existed. So I set my story in Boston where gay marriae has been welcome for awhile but I have never even been to Boston and I ran into problems picturing things, and setting things up. Then the issue of gay marriage came up for a vote in Maryland and the more it looked like it was going to pass the more I liked the idea of changing the setting of my book to Baltimore so I did.

   My grandmother always told me "Write what you know, write what you see, write what you love."

   I was born in Balimore and lived there until I was about 5 but I've lived in Maryland my whole life and I decided to set my book in Baltimore and other parts of Maryland. So my characters are going to Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and I have been using some of my other favories places around it as well. I'm very glad I switched it feels more real, and more honest.

   After all Good Morning Boston....just doesn't have the same ring to it.

8 comments:

  1. Good morning Baltimore does have a good ring to it. ;]

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  2. Changing the setting was a smart move. Your passion for your home state will show through in your writing. Good luck with the novel!

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  3. Absolutely the correct decision - writing "in this air" will always show, and distract your readers from the story. Stephen King might get away with re-arranging geography and history, but most of us ain't him!

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    1. I hope one day to be as successful as Mr. King but....that probably will not happen.

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  4. So true! Setting is the part I have the most struggle with, so I think that keeping it authentic and easy to remember is probably a good thing!

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    1. It is a lot easier when I can picture exactly where I want and what I want and can go there if I want

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