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Top Ten Tuesday: (Five) Places I Loved So Much, I Set a Book There

Created by and with thanks to That Artsy Reader! This week’s theme is exploring much-loved book settings–but I’ve already done a take on that, here, so I thought I’d shake it up. Instead of book settings I’d love to visit, I’m thinking about settings I loved so much, I decided to set a book there!

[For clarity, these books are WIPs–but in case you’re interested, I went into researching them in further detail recently, here!]


1. Gower, Wales
WIP: an angsty, second-chance romance duology
I needed some moody woods my teenage sweethearts could run from the world into… And I found an absolute paradise in these woods in Gower.

2. Rhossili, Wales
WIP: see above
As mentioned in my writing research post, I followed a Rhossili cliff edge out to the edge of the world, with my characters in my shadow.

3. Oxford, England
WIP: a buddy romcom about two platonic soulmates who make a terrible, drunken decision to road trip stalk their high school exes
Also as I mentioned in my writing research post, I took dignified, beautiful Oxford, and painted it red with my loveable screw-ups. Sorry, Oxford. (But not really.)

4. London, England
WIP: see above
True story: I went to London for the first time when I was fifteen, and I fell in love so hard, I swore I’d move there the second I was an adult. Life happened, and London life didn’t–so I gave those dreams to my characters, so they could live it instead.

5. Stonehenge, England
WIP: YA high fantasy about witches who control the elements, and the fae they’re at war with
I took one look at witchy, mysterious Stonehenge, and decided it had to be the entrance to some magical world or another. And then I visited, and saw a marking in one of the stone pillars that *actually* looked like a silhouette of a person entering the rocks. Tell me I’m wrong…


How important is the setting of a story to you?


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  1. I visited England and Wales for the first time last year. Wales was especially enjoyable for me since I have a lot of Welsh ancestry. Plus, it’s beautiful. That Stonehenge picture is crazy! When we were there, it was pouring down rain and freezing cold, so it was actually kind of a miserable experience. I need to go back when the weather is more pleasant.

    Happy TTT!


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    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed your visit! Everything in sight in Wales seems beautiful and just made me really want to move there. I still can’t get over the Stonehenge picture! It was SO windy when we went, but I like to think all our elemental wildness experiences are signs of the magic, haha.


    2. (P.S.–I tried to comment on your TTT, but I’m not sure it went through! Just in case, this is what I was saying. 🙂

      I’ve heard so many wonderful things about Scotland. I’m so glad you fell in love with it, and hope you get to go back soon!


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