Welcome to Daryl Devoré, an excellent hot romance author.
Daryl is talking today about the use of settings in a story.
Daryl’s latest novel is Two truths and a Lie, which is part of the Lawbreakers box set.
Settings in a Story
So, Daryl, how important are settings to a story?
Very important – just under characters.
Think of the difference between –
A dark, January evening, snow falling, wind howling and a lonely farmhouse with a light shining from one window.
A billionaire’s super yacht sailing on the Caribbean with the sun shining, music blaring and bikini clad women dancing on the deck.
Both of those settings could have a similar plot line running through – a budding romance or sinister murder mystery, but there is a different feel to each and the story would reflect that.
When you think of settings what do you think of?
I’d say locale is the first thing I think about. I try to use both familiar and exotic locales. The familiar might be New York City or a beach in North Carolina. A place where people might be able to identify with.
For an exotic locale, I tend to head to the Pacific region – Indonesia, Thailand etc. Places where people might dream about visiting, but may never get the chance.
For Two truths and a Lie, I started simply on a bus, a Whittle Bus. Now, if you live in England, you might possibly know that’s a British bus company so you would know the story was in England. I did add a few more hints as to locale, but didn’t specifically state it was England.
Do settings contribute to the mood of the story?
Definitely. Some settings seem to ooze romance (a Caribbean beach at sunset), others instill fear (a post-apocalyptic prison). My guess is because we all have an impression of what it should be like and we put that impression onto the scene. In the horrors of a post-apocalyptic prison, a passionate romance can still be written, but it’d be a challenge to overcome the feeling of the setting.
Do you have any examples of the great use of settings in books you’ve read?
Part of the reason I love Agatha Christie mysteries is when I read them I settle into that era. The mansions, the clothes, the dialect; all of it wraps you into the book.
Please share an example from Two Truths and a Lie?
True to his word, the next day we were up, dressed and in the rental Jeep, heading back to Kotata. Mark asked questions about everything we passed. I parked the Jeep at the ruins of the former orphanage.
We exited the car then crossed the road and walked onto the old parking lot. Green vines entwined around the blacked skeleton of the building. Mother Nature trying to right a wrong. I’m sure I smelled the smoke. Maybe it was only a memory, but it brought back a wave of emotions.
“I wasn’t here when it happened. Hai had me stealing something at one of the resorts. That big building.” I pointed to the larger ruin. “That was the main area. Where we had classes, and ate. The headmaster’s office was there. The fire started in the kitchen. Over there.” Two desolate beams stood alone among the new undergrowth. “That was the boy’s dorm. They rescued all of them. Then they went for the girls. They could have at least unlocked the exit door for them, but they waited until the boys were safe.”
I heard the inhaled shock that Mark tried to hide. I could sense the anger surging in him at the inequality.
“And before you ask, why the girls didn’t just climb out the windows? There were bars on them.”
He closed his eyes and shook his head.
“Once they opened the door, some of the younger girls were too scared to move. Keeru raced back in more than once. The last time, a beam broke and debris crashed down on her. If I’d been here, I could have helped her.”
Blurb and Buy Link
If you love hot, billionaire romances, then this is a must read.
From the author of the Two Hearts One Love Trilogy, multi-published, hot romance author Daryl Devoré’s latest book revolves around deceit, betrayal, passion and the theft of a multi-million-dollar, rare, red diamond.
As if multiple planes crashes, a car accident, and a concussion isn’t enough, carefree Byn and straight-lace billionaire, Mark clash over Byn’s need for independence and Mark’s struggle with guilt pushing him in the opposite direction of love. When an art forger, an art thief and a ninety-year-old woman get involved the chance for true love for Byn and Mark fades.
All is lost until a children’s game is their only hope.
Bio and Social Media Links
Two writers in one. Daryl Devoré writes hot romances with sexy heroes and strong heroines. Victoria Adams is Daryl Devoré’s alter ego when she’s inspired to write sweet romances with little to no heat.
Daryl (@daryldevore) lives in an old farmhouse in Ontario, Canada, with her husband, a black cat named Licorice and some house ghosts. Her daughter is grown and has flown the nest. Daryl loves to take long walks on her quiet country road or snowshoe across the back acres, and in the summer, kayak along the St. Lawrence River. She has touched a moon rock, a mammoth, and a meteorite. She’s been deep in the ocean in a submarine, flown high over Niagara Falls in a helicopter, and used the ladies room in a royal palace. Life’s an adventure and Daryl’s having fun living it.
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GoodReads Author Page – http://www.goodreads.com/DarylDevore
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Other Books by Daryl Devoré
Love in the Key of C
What Happens in Bangkok
Between Despair and Ecstasy
Braced For Impact
Sexy Red Hood
A Kept Woman
Books written by Daryl Devoré writing as Victoria Adams
Dancing in Circles
A Guy and A Girl
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