I’m visiting Jamie Fessenden’s blog today to tell the story of how I chose the location for “The Great North”:
They say write what you know, but that’s always seemed like dubious advice to me.
As a writer of sci fi and fantasy, I often write tales set in distant or unknown locations – to date, these have included London; Althos; Avalon; Purgatory; Oberon and Titania; Forever; a half-drowned San Francisco; faery; Thompson Falls, Montana; and some imaginary village in northern Quebec, to name a few. More about that village in a moment.
Most of these places are imaginary, and the ones that aren’t are either places I’ve never been or real places that are far separated from our own time.
So when I planned to write a retelling of a Welsh myth, reset to a few hundred years in the future, I knew I needed to find the right place to tell the story, even if it was a place I’d never seen…
Read the full thing here: https://jamiefessenden.com