Hey pervys of a feather! Continuing with our June theme of setting, I thought I’d talk about the setting, or lack thereof, for my bull rider books. All of the books take place while the bull riders are out on tour, which means they’re traveling all over the country in the course of the story.
What does this mean to an author who’s trying to create setting? You have to focus on the things you can make come alive – the arena, hotel rooms, cars, etc. Everything else is window dressing. Sure, you could go on for paragraphs and paragraphs about some diner in East Juhungaville, but I prefer not to do that. What I do is concentrate on the most relevant/common places my bull riders would be, like those I mentioned above.
It’s a challenge to write a setting that’s basically always changing. Unlike the books I set in the Buffalo NY area, there are no places the characters can visit again and again (a favorite pub, their house, etc), so I’ve got to come up with other things that sound interesting.
That’s one reason I made Brady’s trailer in Impact and Collision an Airstream. Sure, he could’ve had just any trailer, but if you want a setting your readers will remember, make it special. And anyone who’s seen an Airstream knows they’re special.
Now, who can’t picture Brady wanting a cool trailer like that? Conner is more practical and has a regular ole’ RV, but Brady’s a little flashier- the guy wears cherry red chaps! So, just from knowing Brady has an Airstream you find out some things about the character. Setting to portray character is one of the oldest tricks in the book, so to speak.
As a reader, do you take cues as to a character’s personality by paying attention to where they live, work, and play?
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