I saw this GIF on Tumblr the other day and it got me thinking… how much of what you write is influenced by what is around you?
I’m curious about this because they say “write what you know” but when it comes to setting, I try to get as far away as possible. I like to read books that are completely different from my life and I have a similar tendency when I’m writing.
I mean, thinking back over the last few novels I’ve written:
Wrapped in Darkness – set in the dark and gritty, crime-filled realm of Purgatory.
Sector 12 – set in a futuristic city.
Isla & Morax – set in a medieval kingdom.
That said, the novel I’m going to tackle for Camp Nanowrimo in April will be set in a small town like the one I live in. I’m coming back to basics!
Where are your novels set and why? Do you like to escape from your regular life, or do you draw on what you can see around you?