How Well Do You Know Your Town? -- Esri RoseI set my book, Bound to Love Her, in my town –
1) Your character stays in a motel in your town. What does it cost to spend a night there? Not only might you be shocked at the price, but it will probably change by the time your book is published.
2) Your character makes an emergency withdrawal of cash from an ATM. What’s the limit on what she can take out?
3) Your character winds up in the hospital. I thought all emergency waiting rooms had white linoleum. Turns out ours has carpeting. How about yours?
4) Your character has the same college degree you do, but you went to university in another state. Does your local school even have that program?
5) Your character throws an incriminating paper out of her office window. Does that office building actually have windows that open? Most multi-story buildings don’t.
6) Your character meets a mysterious stranger in the fiction section of your library. If she's standing in the very last aisle, what genre books are on the shelves around her?
The benefits of setting your book locally are many. For example, if you feature the salon where you get your hair cut, they might agree to put a stack of your promotional bookmarks at the counter. But when your character gets a hot-stone massage there, make sure it’s your salon that does those, and not the competitor you once visited with a gift certificate.
So how did you score on my little quiz? Have you ever written a horrible mistake about your own town?
Hey, do you want the chance to win a copy of Bound to Love Her? Then head over to my guest post on Noodler Jill Monroe's blog and read the dark (but funny) secret of how elves threaten all of humanity. Jill will pick a winner from the commenters. I think you have until the end of Sunday for your comments to count, but don't quote me on that.
Bound to Love Her (In stores now!) is an urban-fantasy, romantic-suspense comedy. With elves. Visit me at my website, ElvesAmongUs.com.