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Our favorite fictional settings

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Which fictional setting from one of your books or short stories would you love to step into, yourself, and why?
  • Terry Ambrose:

    This is so easy. The setting I love the most is the island of Kauai. The reason I love it is that it’s one of those places where I feel centered. It’s as if my spirit knows that it is home. For fourteen years, we owned a condo on Kauai, and I treasured every moment we spent there. Rain or shine, it was always a delightful place to be.

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    That’s easy. I would go to Bimordus Two, the capital city for the Coalition of Sentient Planets in CIRCLE OF LIGHT. It’s set in a biodome on a barren world in a star system far, far away. My heroine, Sarina Bretton, is kidnapped from Earth and transported there to wed a nobleman and become the legendary Great Healer. She’s destined to save everyone from a devastating plague. But along the way, she falls for the dashing starship captain instead. On Bimordus Two, she finds technological wonders of an advanced civilization.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

     FIVE BELLES TOO MANY involves five couples vying for the perfect Southern wedding via a reality TV show. Because I am fascinated by the back story of television shows, I’d love to step into the drama of these Southern belles and New York TV people.

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    I would love to return to the family farmhouse featured in my Paint & Shine Mystery series. It is a Sears Catalogue house built by my paternal grandfather on a foundation that he built. The wide front porch extends across the entire front of the house and has a porch swing at one end. On a clear day, you can count seven ridges of the Smoky Mountains. There’s nothing more pleasurable than being in the swing, wrapped up in a heritage quilt, sipping a bit of moonshine mixed with an Ale 8 ginger soda.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

     I would love to live in Cymbeline, Georgia, where my Georgia B&B Mystery series is set. It’s a picturesque and diverse small town filled with mature trees and appealing architecture, along with quite a few antique shops that make the place a tourist destination. A main square consisting of interesting emporiums and eateries is well within walking or biking distance of many of the town’s neighborhoods. Bonus points for living in my protagonist’s lovely Queen Anne home in the historic district, though unlike Nina Fleet I’d probably keep the house my private residence rather than converting it into a bed and breakfast.

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    I love the story world of the Savannah, Georgia, candle shop. It is filled with all the whimsical things I love in a shop, one where I could spend hours looking at everything. Long ago I discovered that the ability to feel wonderous delight is a boon to my soul. The brightly colored artisanal crafted candles and soaps, all laced with every manner of essential oils and local books are the basis of the shop, along with fanciful dragons and pirates, lip balm, wind chimes, ferns, and lotions is a sensual delight and the aromatherapy is extra special here.

  • Lois Winston

    My settings are all real, and I’ve been to all of them, even if sometimes I’ve changed the names. However, in MOSAIC MAYHEM, one of the three connecting novellas to my Anastasia Pollack series, I sent Anastasia to Barcelona, and I’d love to go back. It’s a beautiful city, and I wasn’t there long enough to see and do as much as I would have liked.

What's your favorite place that you'd love to go back to? Is it a tropical island, a faraway world, or just a small country home? Let us know!


12 thoughts on “Our favorite fictional settings

  1. I enjoy visiting Arkansas and Arizona I have family there and it is fun to see the Ozarks and go to Tombstone

  2. We have two major vacation sites that we love. The first is Cape Cod (exit 6) on the elbow where there’s a hotel with kitchen facilities, the second is Colonial Williamsburg. We’ve been supporters there for over thirty years.

    1. Sounds great, Nora. I’ve been to Williamsburg twice, once when our children were in elementary school and then again with kids and grandkids in elementary school. I enjoyed the talks and the craftsmanship of everything this time. The kids loved to race from place to place. I hope they remember it later! I also traveled to Maine once for a writers’ event and did a little sightseeing. It was August, so not too hot in the day and not too cool at night. What I mostly remember about the Maine trip is that we had lobster every chance we got. By the end of the trip I was lobster-ed out! But I agree it is breathtaking scenery there.

  3. This year we are visiting Kentucky and going on the Bourbon trail. We are also going on a Murder mystery train trip.

  4. I would go back to Singapore in a heartbeat.We lived there for many years and it’s my favorite place in the world.

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