Friday, October 14, 2011

Question for you: Where's your story set?

There's no post today (well, okay, there technically is, but you know what I mean) because I'm currently traipsing around California's wine country on a research trip for my work-in-progress. Being out here makes me think I should always write books that require research trips.


This is where I'm hanging out today, at Six Sigma in Lake County, California.


I'm pretty sure I should set my next book on the Galapagos Islands...


So my question for you guys is where is your current manuscript set? And where would your dream research trip take place? The European countryside? A quaint beach village? New York City?

30 comments:

  1. My story is actually set on an apple orchard. I live in the area where there are TONS of orchards, so it's been fun visiting them, picking their apples, asking them questions, inhaling their homemade doughnuts... ;-) I'm actually going to another orchard this weekend for more research, and I think I'm going to enjoy every minute of it. :)

    I hope you enjoy your reasearch trip, Stephanie. :)
    And I agree with you, I think I should go bigger than an orchard next time. I thinking Paris might be a pretty great place to get some inspiration for a book... haha :)

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  2. My WIP is set in Africa :) Wouldn't I just love to go there...

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  3. My current WIP is Savannah, and we're planning a trip there next month. =) But I'd still really love to visit the Riviera in Monaco to adequately research the first chapters of the first novel I finished . . . ;-)

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  4. My story takes place where I live, because the DYFS system is different for every state. So this is the only one I am in contact with.

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  5. *sigh* Since I only write Fantasy I can't really got on research trips...unless you call getting stuck up in my head for a few hours a research trip :)

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  6. To Princess: pardon my ignorance, but what is the DYFS system? I've never heard of it before.

    Well, of the two manuscripts I'm working on right now, one is set all over the world, including Russia, an island in the Pacific ocean, one in the Atlantic ocean, The Everglades, Wisconsin, Upstate NY, and Sequoia National Park. The second is set in a fictional historical town that was a small town when my character left, and ten years later, when she comes back, it's a small city.

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  7. Gorgeous picture!
    I wrote a ms that took place in Rhode Island and Boston. I had the opportunity to go there. A-mazing. I'd love a second home in Bristol, Rhode Island.

    I also have a ms set partially in Thailand and I went there on a mission trip.

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  8. Oh, yeah, and I'm also thinking of writing a book about the Chincoteague ponies, just so I can do a research trip to the pony swim at Assateague ;).

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  9. DYFS is the Department of family services. (I think that is what the letters stand for.) It is a state run program that protects kids from bad environments. It is the foster system. They help teach parents who have no idea what to do and have no one supporting them like family of friends, and they help put kids in a home where they can live better lives. My story focuses around a girl who was pulled from her mother and placed in a Christian foster home. They make a huge imprint on her life and show her what is really important in life. The system changes for every state in the US, and because I am currently a foster sister to three wonderful kids I have the privilege to get a first hand experience on how the system works. Though sometimes the stories I hear make me cry, I am glad that there are families out there willing to help these kids.

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  10. Oh, okay. Sounds like a good story. :) Good luck writing it!

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  11. I really haven't decided on the city of my current WIP. I go back and forth of places I am familiar with but I  haven't been able to decide. An idea for a story I want to write in the future is set in Hawaii and another one in Italy. 

    Becky, yay for upstate NY!! I was born and raised there :) Its an area that doesn't get a lot of attention but would be great for a story, I even toy with setting my WIP there.

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  12. Awww I love California Wine country! :) My book is set in a fantasy world, so there's not much I can do to travel there (even though I'd love to)... The beginning and end take place in a castle in Germany.

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  13. Tonya, Actually, I live in WI, but my sisters and I were always into X-men, which is set in upstate NY, so I sorta fell in love with it :D.

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  14. I never knew x-men was set in upstate NY, how cool!

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  15. Wow! You lucky! :D

    My new Nano novel that I'm planning takes place in an alternate form of Ancient Greece... I'm trying to decide if I should use the real city names or not.

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  16. Hey princess, the last book I wrote was about 4 foster children all based off of children who we had as fosters at one point.

    Anonymous, I have visited Africa twice and have fallen in love with it! You can visit this blog to read about my latest visit: http://africajan2010.wordpress.com

    The book I am starting in November is set in IL, pulling in Children from Africa, Peru, Mexico and AZ.

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  17. Tonya, random trivia fact: Stan Lee (the creator of X-men) got tons of letters letting him know that they couldn't find the Xavier mansion. :D

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  18. I echo Sananora and Sierra. I'm always "visiting" my fantasy setting in my head.:-) Which makes for some problems when I have cookies in the oven or something.

    Also, my fantasy settings are primarily medieval. I'd love to pull a Bettarrini and time-travel, though!

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  19. That's funny. I guess that's the downside of putting an imaginary building in a real town.
    There's a lot of large old houses and mansions all over upstate so there's a lot for people to look for if they're trying to hunt it out!

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  20. Haha. I think they were looking more for the jet coming out of the basketball court, etc. :D

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  21. You know what? My location where my book is set totally bored me. Maybe that's what needs to change.

    Hmm, perhaps England would be a more suited setting. Yes, I'm definitely liking the idea of research trips!

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  22. Venice, Italy. My MC lived there before being dragged back to America by her mother and step-father. She misses her and her mom's house, the boats, the bridges, the little cafe where she used to help out, and the mad French chef who taught her to cook... Yep. I should go to Italy.

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  23. My novel is set in Enfield, Connecticut, 1741-42. Great Awakening. Oh, yeah! ;)

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  24. Today I am driving to Healdsburg to hunt down a house for my MC. And a coffee shop. And a school... This is way fun. I want to move here :)

    I am having so much fun reading all these responses!

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  25. Hi Stephanie! This might sound a little strange, but you wouldn't have heard of, or even possibly met, Daniel Schwabauer, would you?

    I hope you're having a great research trip!

    Book blogger♥

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  26. The place that I'd want to do a research trip to is most definitely Ireland! :D I'm not sure where, but because of the greenery and the beauty of that place plus the old castle ruins, that would make it the perfect place to get some 101 on medieval things.
    Mainly just for creating some color and beauty in my fantasy world(s). :) Landscape inspiration.

    Other than that though I don't think I'd really need to go anywhere on a research trip that would be necessary besides perhaps Wyoming and Colorado, and maybe Texas.
    Because where I live is my main landscape inspiration :D, beaches, redwood trees and all!

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  27. Jazmine, you have totally convinced me I need to go to Ireland. My family is Irish so there's some extra incentive, too! :)

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  28. Hehe :) Ireland looks gorgeous just from the google images. I got intrigued by that land when I read "There You'll find Me" by Jenny B. Jones.
    She pulls me in and I can see Ireland practically picture perfect in my mind. :)
    Gorgeous place!

    And LUCKY... I want Irish relatives. :P Mine are mostly from Mexico, at least the one's I know of.

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  29. Jazmine,

    Doesn't it, though? Hmm...I'll have to look for that book by Jenny B. Jones. :)

    About wanting Irish relatives, me, too, actually! :) I mean, I'm sure I could probably find some after a little digging, but all the ones I know about have been in America now for a century or so. :)

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  30. I am writing fantasy, set in a fictional country, so I can't exactly go there. But it is based on familiar places: a dense pine forest, rocky mountains, and hot, windy plains. There's a pine forest down the road from where I live, and I have visited the Rocky Mountains and seen a small part of the Great Plains. I would probably like best to visit the mountains again.
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