Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Does "Local Pride" influence setting?

I'm my case, you betcha!  Jenna Mindel here, wishing you a good morning from bitter cold Northern Michigan.  This February may go down in the record books as the coldest month in years.  If not, I imagine a few days will make that list. Last week, I woke up to -24 degrees. YIKES!

I grew up in Upstate New York, so I'm used to winter.  But since moving to Northern Michigan 16 yrs ago, I've fallen in love with this area.  Winter and really, all the seasons, are treasures of outdoor activity.  There's just something about this area that I'm enamored with.  The local agriculture and general pioneer spirit are things I really admire.  There's also the motto of keeping it local that gives the area a provincial sort of feel.  Of course, so much of it is wrapped up in luring tourists to the area as well.

I have set most of my Love Inspired books in fictional Northern Michigan towns near the Great Lakes.  And the area where I live was the inspiration for my upcoming new series set in Maple Springs, MI that debuts this September.  For me, knowing the area well has helped develop my setting, but will that appeal to readers?
Hmmm, I sure hope so. 

And that leads me to ask if there are favorite locales or settings that lure you in to read the book?  If so, what are some of those favorite settings?

Have a blessed day, and stay warm!!

Jenna :) 

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Jennifer said...

I enjoy the local books that are written where I live and or where an author is from because it helps you feel part of the author and the book. jenny

Jenna Mindel said...

Hey thanks, Jennifer. :)
I agree. I guess I don't have a favorite setting when it comes to reading. I enjoy different locales, but I must admit a soft spot for those small towns and communities that are perfect for Love Inspireds! Thanks for stopping in. :)

Heather said...

I was lucky enough to live near Glacier National Park in Montana, so I enjoy novels set in the mountains of Montana. While your series is set in Michigan, I did grow-up in Wisconsin on Lake Michigan, so I just might check out your new series!

Jenna Mindel said...

Thanks Heather!
I've been to Green Bay Wisconsin for a Packer's game - what a great experience!
I was blessed to be a part of the Big Sky Centennial series for Love Inspired this past year and the setting was Montana. So check those out too. A really great group of authors. :)
From the research, I can see that Montana is definitely a bucket list trip. Gorgeous country!

Have a great day!

Becky Dempsey said...

I really like reading books set in Michigan as I am from Michigan, near Grand Rapids. If you could see my hand, I'd show you ;)

Shirley said...

I like to read books about places that I have lived or by authors from those places.
You just find too many books set in Mississippi. I have enjoyed the LI series set on the MS Gulf Coast.