Creating a World
The current piece that is hardest to fit is the feel of the place. For the last five years my characters have happily lived in
My new family is going to live in Derbyshire, near the Peak District. The Pennistans are more emotionally intense than the Braedons and they insist that the dramatic landscape of the north central part of
The best book I have ever read on the subject of place is Defoe’s A TOUR THROUGH THE WHOLE ISLAND OF GREAT BRITAIN, one of those delightful primary sources that stands the test of time. Yes, it is the same man who wrote ROBINSON CRUSOE and, yes, I know it was written way before the Regency, but the feel of his England is so much closer to the Regency than ours is. You have only to compare a contemporary map with a period one to understand that. THE TOUR was published between 1724 and 1726 and the edition I have was edited by Pat Rogers with wonderful photos by Simon McBride.
Defoe’s experience of the
Tell me how you handle a sense of place for a spot you have never seen. Yes, I admit to being self-serving. Any help would be greatly appreciated!