With: Wendy Byrne
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Sometimes the setting is an integral part of the story. Who could forget about the richness of Tara pre-civil war in Gone with the Wind? Margaret Mitchell did an amazing job of bringing to life Scarlet’s Tara—both pre and post-Civil War. I don’t know about you, but I could nearly feel the richness of the land, the gaiety at the parties, along with that sense of the unknown of what lie ahead. And who could forget the falling of Atlanta? The setting drove Scarlet into yet another predicament when Melanie goes into labor. For that book, it was as much about the setting as the characters themselves.
Sometimes the setting is superfluous to the story. It’s more about weaving a story and it doesn’t really matter where it’s at. The characters are the real star of the show. In Bridget Jones Diary, it didn’t really matter where she was living. The story was about her evolving as she negotiated her way through relationships.
In my book, The Millionaire’s Deception, it was mostly about the character’s growth, but being a fish out of water in a small town added to Rafe’s discomfort. Here’s a short snippet showing Rafe’s not-so-great adjustment to small town life:
Before he could skulk into anonymity, back to his hidey-hole upstairs, and figure out where he’d made a wrong turn, the book club ladies surrounded him. “Looks like you two had a bit of a tiff after your make-out session.” Louisa yanked at his arm to pull him from his thoughts.
“It was just a kiss. That’s it.” What the hell was wrong with this town? A kiss and the whole place went nuts. It was like they hadn’t seen anybody kiss before. Although he had to admit it was a pretty damn good kiss. Still…these folks had a few screws loose.
The sooner Frankie got out of this place, the better off she’d be.
“I don’t know about that. I practically saw sparks flying between the two of you,” Bette added none too quietly.
“There were no sparks flying.” He clenched his jaw. Where was a good psychiatrist when you needed one? This whole place needed to be committed.
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