Anne K. Albert Discusses Her Views on Setting
Thank you, Marilyn, for featuring me on Day 11 of the Mystery We Write Blog Tour. It’s a pleasure to be here and chat about setting and how it relates to writing, characters and authors.
As a beginning author my focus was on developing character, writing snappy dialogue and plot. I paid little attention to where a story took place and in hindsight did myself (and my stories) a disservice. Setting, whether real or imaginary, is important. By its very nature, it helps establish mood. It creates conflict and causes turmoil. It impacts and changes the characters. It can (and should) move the story forward.
Story setting can be urban, rural, tropical, arctic, foreign or indigenous. A sleepy English village on a clear, winter’s day is a profoundly different setting from a bustling Asian city of fifteen million battered by a category five typhoon. Locale provides distinct conditions that influence the pace, progression and telling of the story, as well as determine a character’s actions and reactions.
Niagara Falls in western New York state is the backdrop for Frank, Incense and Muriel, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. This is a fast-paced, contemporary mystery that requires a hip, urban setting. I chose western New York because I’ve visited the region many times, plus many people around the globe associate it as a romantic destination. Some streets, parks, and natural wonders (such as the Falls) will be recognized by readers. The actual homes, office buildings, and businesses frequented by the story people, however, are of my own creation.
Cities, like humans, are in a constant state of flux. Nothing stays the same forever. To retain authenticity in this series I provide a taste of Niagara Falls without being slave to its current reality. The city and surrounding area may change over the years, but its amenities, eccentricities and flare will remain consistent throughout the pages of each book.
Now, onto book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries!
FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL is set the week before Christmas when the stress of the holidays is enough to frazzle anyone’s nerves. Tensions increase when a friend begs Muriel to team up with a sexy private investigator to find a missing woman. Forced to deal with an embezzler, kidnapper, and femme fatale is bad enough, but add Muriel’s zany yet loveable family to the mix and their desire to win the coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) Award, and the situation can only get worse. This cozy, comedic mystery is recipient of the prestigious 2011 Holt Medallion Award of Merit.
What are readers saying?
“Anne K. Albert's…wit shines through this lightly suspenseful novel and her characters ring sweet and true. Can't wait to read more about Muriel, Frank and the rest of the gang.” ~ Amazon
“Laugh out loud funny in places, and that's my favorite kind of book. I was totally entertained by Frank, Incense and Muriel.” ~ author Marja McGraw
Bio: Anne K. Albert’s award winning stories chill the spine, warm the heart and soothe the soul…all with a delightful touch of humor. A member of Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and married to her high school sweetheart for more than a quarter of a century, it's a given she'd write mystery and romantic suspense. When not writing she loves to travel, visit friends and family, and of course, read using ‘Threegio’ her cherished and much beloved Kindle 3G!
Visit Anne online at her website http://www.AnneKAlbert.com/ and blogs http://anne-k-albert.blogspot.com/ and http://muriel-reeves-mysteries.blogspot.com. She is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/annekalbert and Twitter www.twitter.com/AnneKAlbert.
CONTEST DETAILS: Comment to WIN! Three names will be selected at random from comments on all 14 of Anne’s Mystery We Write Blog Tour guest appearances. Winners will receive an e-copy of FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, book one of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries. Visit http://bit.ly/nwspRO for her schedule and contest details. Good luck!
Buy link it’s here: http://www.amazon.com/Frank-Incense-and-Muriel-ebook/dp/B004CLYDRO/