How important is weather to you in a novel?
As I shiver through a cold, wet winter Down Under (yes, I know it’s meant to be eternal summer here but not where I live!) I realize I have never written a story set in anything but warm weather.
Whether my stories are set in spring, summer or fall, it’s always pleasant weather. Cool enough, perhaps, for a heroine to shrug on a hero’s chivalrously offered leather jacket on a spring evening, but most of my characters wear nothing warmer than a T-shirt. In The Castaway Bride, my hero and heroine don’t wear clothes much at all. If you were cast away on a blissfully perfect tropical island alone with a hot hunk, would you?
|The perfect setting for romance!|
|Toby is a picture of equine misery--despite his expensive new rug|
They say to write about what you know, but there’s also writing about what you wish for. The scenarios I’ve chosen up ’til now force me to admit blue skies and a kindly sun feature strongly in my fantasies. Yes, the three stories I’m working on right now are all set in summer!
|Miss Molly models her cosy coat|
It isn’t only me who suffers in the cold weather, my animals too don’t seem to happy with the cold and wet winter we’re having.
|There's nothing as contrary as a cat like Cindy who insists on sitting out in the rain|
I have quite the menagerie of pets who are all complaining about the conditions. Forget me getting a new coat for the winter—the horses and dog have priority.
I’m lucky, though, as I’m escaping to the Romance Writers of America convention in Anaheim in just a few weeks. Bring on that Californian weather!
Do have a season you enjoy more than the others? Do you notice the weather in a novel? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
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Kandy Shepherd writes fun, feel-good fiction.