Writing the seasons into books

Fall officially began last week. Woot!

I love fall. It’s my favorite time of year for so many reasons — pleasant days, cool nights, changing leaves, football, all sorts of apple, cranberry, and pumpkin dishes to make, eat, and enjoy. 🙂

I also find myself writing about fall a lot in my books too. To me, it seems like fall and winter can become actual characters in my books more easily than spring and summer. Maybe that’s because many of my books are so dark and gritty, like my Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. To me, the darker and colder seasons of fall and winter just seem to suit those books better.

Bitter Bite (2)And I love it when the cover reflects the season that’s in the book, like in the cover for Bitter Bite, Elemental Assassin #14. That book is set in November, and I talk about it snowing, so I think the cover really captures that well.

But in my Black Blade young adult urban fantasy series, the books take place during the summer months, mostly because the heroine Lila Merriweather lives in a tourist town full of magic, monsters, and mobsters. Since I’m talking about tourists being in the town, it made sense to set the books during the summer when more folks go on vacation.

But no matter which season I’m writing about, I always try to make sure that it has a presence in my books, whether I’m talking about how beautiful the colors of the fall leaves are, how cold the winter wind is, or even how muggy and oppressive a summer afternoon can feel. I like adding in those descriptions, and I think the seasons add another layer of interest for readers.

What about you guys? Readers — do you like it when books are set in a particular season? Authors — which seasons do you like writing about in your books?

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8 Responses to Writing the seasons into books

  1. Mary Hughes says:

    Hi Jennifer,

    Ooh, I love the cover for Bitter Bite! The snow adds an icy beauty that’s also a touch threatening 🙂

    Time of year makes a great deal of difference in many of my books and has even woven its way directly into one or two plots. I like reading about all seasons, especially when they are richly described. I think the way you link season to story tone and action is marvelous!

  2. Edie Ramer says:

    Jennifer, I love your new cover! Very eye-catching.

    That’s so interesting about different . My new Love & Murder series is set in Door County, Wis., which is known as the “Cape Cod of the Midwest.” It’s normal population is about 28,000, and in summer it’s about 250,000. HUGE difference. My last L&M book was set year-round there, though the big ending was in July, and I had a 4th of July scene that I loved. My newest one (which I hope to finish in a week) is A Love & Murder Christmas. I started this in summer, but I really just wanted to write a Christmas book.

    And now I’m hungry for pumpkin pie!

  3. I love your cover, but I shiver at her short sleeves 🙂
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