When I write, I draw on old songs, hints of folklore and touches of myth, to help build a sense of familiarity for my readers. I want them to feel as wedded into the fabric of my story as my characters are.
I use very specific locations – almost always ones I’ve visited – because I would love readers to be able to visit them too. Or, if they’ve been there, to perhaps see the place in a different way. My favourite locations are ones that are heavy in myth, legend or folklore. To me these are Borderlands, akin to what Lord Dunsany refers to as “beyond the fields we know”.
For those who love Neil Gaiman’s stories, these places are like the village of Wall in Stardust where fairyland is just over the other side. It looks just like here. Almost exactly the same… only you know it’s not. You’ve been warned it’s different. You’ve been told not to go there.
But what if you did? Or, if not you, someone you cared about. Someone in a story…