Walking the Streets of Fiction

ADangerousMadness_300x450I just shared the cover of my upcoming historical novel, A Dangerous Madness, a couple of days ago. I absolutely love it, and think it suits the book so well. A Dangerous Madness is connected to The Emperor’s Conspiracy and Banquet of Lies, and is set in the same part of London as the other two books, in 1812.

There are specific places associated with the story, and a couple of weeks ago, I was back in London for my brother’s wedding, and took a few days to wander London and take some photos of the places where my characters lived and walked. Some places have the original buildings, like the house my heroine lives in, Home House, in Portman Square, but some of the buildings around it have changed, and the park in the middle of the square certainly has. It now allows anyone to wander through its leafy greenness, unlike when Phoebe, my heroine, would have lived there, when it was for residents only. :)

Home HouseI hooked up with one of my best friends, who lives in London, and we spent a fun day going to all the places Phoebe and Wittaker went on their quest to work out who was behind Spencer Perceval’s death. Home House, where Phoebe lives in the book, Threadneedle Street, where the Virginia and Baltick Coffee House operated as a brokering house, right next door to the Bank of England, to the Houses of Parliament, where Perceval was killed, to Newgate Street, where Newgate Prison used to be. Unfortunately, Carlton House, where the Prince Regent used to live, no longer exists, or we would have gone there, too.

Threadneedle StreetI really love actually seeing the places I’ve written about and woven into my stories, there is something really satisfying about it, grounding what is all in my head into something a little more tangible.

Do you love to read about places you’ve been to yourself? I have to say that if a book is set in Western Australia, where I live, I always seem to enjoy it more. :)

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Michelle Diener writes historical fiction and fantasy. To find out more about her and her novels, you can visit her website.
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11 Responses to Walking the Streets of Fiction

  1. That’s a really pretty cover. And it’s so cool that you were able to take a trip to do research for your book. I do like to read about places that I’ve visited. It always add a little something extra to the book.
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  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Michelle, your time in London sounds lovely. I want to go there some day.
    I love your cover, and I know your book will do great!

    I’m in Wisconsin, and I’ve been to two neighboring states often – Minnesota and Illinois. When I see a book is set in any of those states, I perk up a bit. It makes it easier to visualize as I’m reading the books.

    • Edie, because you’re from Wisconsin, I always perk up when I see Wisconsin as a setting for a book. There aren’t too many with Western Australia in them, unfortunately, but Wisconsin, I see a lot :)

  3. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Michelle! I love reading well-researched stories set in exciting locations. London in the 1800s is one of my favorites! I think knowing both the story and the site makes both a bit more fun.

    Congrats on the excellent cover for A Dangerous Madness! I’m looking forward to walking the tour virtually with you and your friend through your story!

  4. Amy R says:

    Beautiful cover, Michelle! I would say that yes, I do enjoy stories that are set in places I have been, as it helps visualize more, however, I also like learning about new places I have never been! Best of luck with this release! I look forward to reading it.
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