Today, I have fellow DarkSider and Google+ buddy, Jenny Schwartz. Jenny writes steampunk and paranormal romances. I've known Jenny sometime due to blogging and the DarkSide of course. I can't wait to finally meet her at next year's Freo conference...which brings us to
Location, Location, Location
With the internet, researching a setting is a cinch. You can even “drive” down many streets using Google Earth. So it’s funny that with all this information available, I’ve set a number of my stories in an environment familiar to me: Fremantle, Australia.
Fremantle is Australia’s main Indian Ocean port. For romance authors and readers, you’ll recognise it as the setting for next year’s Romance Writers of Australia conference. It’s also where I went to high school. And I’ve used it as the setting for my Bustlepunk Chronicles (during the 1890s Goldrush) as well as my most recent contemporary romance, Drawing Closer.
Although set over a hundred years apart, these stories share one of the huge advantages of using a familiar setting: details slide effortlessly into the story and bring it alive.
So yes, research is great. Research is fun! but there is a special joy in sharing a place you love with readers.
Drawing Closer is available from Harlequin’s new Australian digital imprint, Escape Publishing. It’s a short story (10,000 words), which is an interesting new development. I hope to see lots more short stories with the growth of digital publishing.
Zoe Loyola has a secret. Just between her and her sketchbook, she loves sculptor Nick Gordon. Her drawings of him are hot and naked.
Nick has a secret, too. He’s being blackmailed. Protecting his family means ignoring his desire for Zoe.
But in the world of art, passion breaks every rule and secrets are made for sharing.
Jenny Schwartz is a West Australian author. Her high school yearbook predicted she’d be a writer – something about always having her nose in a book. When not living up to others’ expectations, she enjoys lazy days in the suburbs and is working on a collection of life-saving recipes, “Simple Meals for Forgetful Cooks”.
You can catch up with Jenny at her website, on Twitter and Facebook .