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What are your favourite vacation spots and do they ever show up in your books?
I live in Devon, in South-west England. It’s a place of beauty, with rugged moors, wild rivers and amazing coastlines. Even the country lanes have a hypnotic atmosphere.
Now that I’ve retired, every day is a holiday, my wife and I spend as much time out and about as we can.
Here are a few pictures of the area we are lucky enough to live in.
We have our favourite spots but we also keep finding new places to explore, I suspect that we’ll never really see all that this county has to offer.
We’ve both travelled the world in the past. Yvonne accompanied me when I was at sea and we had foreign holidays but, with Devon on our doorstep, why would we ever want to go somewhere else?
With so much inspiration in the locality and so many creative people living in the area, I guess it was inevitable that being in Devon would influence my writing.
The first book I ever wrote was set in the far future. Mankind had colonised large parts of the Galaxy. I called the planet my main character lived on New Devon. I used the local geography around my home to build it, making it a sanctuary for endangered species and a place where the environment was as important as making money. Naturally, I referenced the real Devon as a place in the mythical past of humanity from which the planet had got its name because of its similarity.
Parts of Devon, either the land or the people, also feature in many of my more recent Sci-fi and Steampunk works.
Moving on, I’ve used real locations that I know well in some of my more recent novels, where I’ve moved away from the future and based my writing more in the present time.
To be honest, I’ve found this to be more of a challenge than creating a world from nothing. Largely because everything has to be right. A reader has to be able to walk the streets of your story, take the same time and route between locations, see the landmarks.
If they can’t, it destroys the illusion you are trying to create. I can’t read a story set in the real world that gets that reality wrong.
I seem to have strayed from the prompt again, sorry.
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