Sunday, July 6, 2014

J.A. Jance, and using the Setting to show Character POV

In this first post talking about writing techniques, we’ll look at Seattle author J.A. Jance, and examples from one of her J.P. Beaumont novels, Betrayal of Trust.   

As a native Seattlite, I love to read -- and write -- novels based in the Emerald City and its surroundings.  But creating a setting for a book is not just about giving shout-outs to local places and describing the weather (rain, mist, drizzle, rinse and repeat…)  It’s about creating character opinion.  While it’s true that the setting can be a character, it’s more accurate to say that the setting helps to show character.  We can only see the place through the person. 

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