Robbed of Soul Blog Tour Guest Post
Posted on March 8, 2015
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For many authors, the setting of their book is just as
important as one of the main characters. The setting creates the
mood, influences characters’ behavior, affects dialog, adds an emotional
response, and plays a part in the plot
of a story. The setting can be a friend to the protagonist, an antagonist (think Hemingway and the
sea), and even a mentor.
In my latest mystery, Robbed
, the setting is both friend and foe. The book begins in solitary
confinement in Tehran. (Definitely an antagonist.) Then the setting moves to
Kanab, Utah, where my protagonist finds healing in her small-town surroundings (after solving both a modern-day murder and one that occurred 100 years ago.)
I set my book in Kanab because I needed an area with wonderfully
rich scenery to contrast the earlier setting of solitary confinement. Kanab
is also full of legends and myths, which complemented the mystery and eeriness of my plot.
Here are a few things to think about to increase the characterization
of your setting:
details of the area (even down to using actual names and locations)
- mirror or contrast the mood of the plot with the setting of a chapter or
- as you write, think of your setting in terms of “having a personality”
What are some of your favorite books? Can you recall
the setting in them? Probably. That’s part
of the reason they are your
favorites. So give it a try. Take a little time and think about your setting in
the book you’re writing. Can you make it into another character? One that
influences your protagonist for good or evil?
Do you like books? Do you like Zions National Park? Join
the ROBBED OF SOUL book launch giveaway and you may win 3 nights in a vacation townhome in Kanab, Utah.
(Thirty minutes from Zions.) A $450 value! (Or a $100 Amazon gift card if preferred.)
but psychologically damaged from a failed mission, ex-CIA officer Maria Branson
takes the job of police chief in the quiet town of Kanab, Utah. Rest and
relaxation are the doctor’s orders. She gets neither. Instead, a missing mayor,
the spirit of a dead Aztec warrior, and the over-confident-yet-attractive head
of Search and Rescue await her in a town whose past has almost as many secrets
as her own. As Maria investigates a modern-day murder, she disturbs a world of
ancient legends and deadly curses. Yet most lethal of all is Maria’s fear
someone will discover just how empty her soul really is.
Photos from some of my adventures in Kanab
|A fun shot during a photo shoot for the cover.
We didn’t end up using it, but just look at the background! What a settting!
|Real pictographs at Moquith Mountain, one of the
places in “Robbed of Soul.”
|Overlooking an amazing canyon, 20 minutes north of Kanab.