I’m really excited that I’m going to have a new book out soon. Like my other three books, it’s an historical novel, but the setting for this one is a little different. It’s set in Zululand, which is on the east coast of South Africa, and just happens to be where I grew up.
It was really daunting for me to sit down and write this book. I really wanted to do it justice and get it just right.
And it is funny for me, because I have been told, repeatedly, that the exotic location of the book means it might not appeal to a wide audience. The book is set in the Victorian period, at the start of the Anglo-Zulu War in 1879, and while I realize that the vast majority of my audience will be American or British, to me, this is home, not some exotic location at all.
I hope I can make readers fall as much in love with my childhood stomping ground as I am.
I love all kinds of locations in books. I’m not restricted to real locations, either. JD Robb’s futuristic New York City, or Nalini Singh’s futuristic San Francisco are just as appealing. As is Tolkein’s Middle Earth, or the space setting for Iain M. Banks’ Culture series. Don’t even get me STARTED about the Disc World. I would risk a walk down an Anhk-Morpork alley with an unlicensed assassin to get into Terry Pratchett’s vivid world.
So I’m interested. What locations do you love reading in books, and like me, don’t feel restricted by reality!