Annie: Setting is very important to me as a reader...just enough to give me an idea so that my imagination can fill in the rest. As a writer... there is a real skill involved in giving each reader what they want to take away from a book. Some readers like to have all action and dialogue with little descriptive setting, many like the author to paint the world in words for them.
Much of my inspiration comes from nature. The smell of the herbs and flowers in my garden, the sound of the waves breaking on the sand, a fluffy cloud scudding across the sky on a windy day, a spectacular sunrise or sunset has formed the idea for many a scene or setting. I am fortunate to live by the ocean and have many opportunities for seeing spectacular settings. I love to let the reader hear and smell the setting. It is very important to use sensory perception.
Walking in my garden one evening last summer provided the inspiration for a scene in Italian Affair.
Brianna was standing at the wall overlooking the white pebbled beach far below, with her back to him, hands gripping the bricks tightly, her shoulders shaking. The unpredictability of this woman left him guessing most of the time. The emotions she showed freely confused him. He hesitated, unsure if she was laughing or crying this time, and then walked across and stood next to her. He breathed in deeply, as the heady aroma of the geraniums and herbs filled his senses, and he followed her gaze. Below the whitewashed brick edge of the balcony, a steep hill covered in yellow wildflowers led down to the shoreline. There was another small gate at the side of the balcony opening to a rough stone path that meandered along the cliff down to the water.
One of the best reviews I have received for Italian Affair said “This book is like taking a vacation to a beautiful Italian city. I could feel myself walking the streets, the light breeze and the Italian atmosphere. I wanna go there now!”
Are you a reader who likes the setting described in detail or do you prefer a glimpse which is then filled in by your imagination? It certainly gives me a great reason to travel…I need to research my settings!
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Blurb: Free-spirited sex therapist Brianna Ballantine has four days to find a fiancé so she can inherit her birth mother’s Italian villa. Commitment is not on the agenda. Writing her sex therapy book and signing legal papers are. And once all is said and done, she’ll return home to Scotland.
For finance guru Tomas Richards, relationships have been a bad investment—give him stocks and shares any day. When Tomas offers a marriage of convenience to help Brianna secure her inheritance, the sizzle between the sheets promises an affair to remember, despite family complications at every turn.
But Tom must convince Brianna to stay, and make this Italian affair a lifelong commitment.