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MONTH 9: Setting the right scene

Award-winning novelist Lucy Atkins explains why the location of your novel is a crucial platform from which your plot and characters can grow

How to write a novel

The settings of all three of my novels – a remote British Columbian island, a genteel Boston suburb and a Victorian Gothic manor in Sussex – appear to have nothing in common. But what links them is an underlying feeling: isolation. My books are about how people behave in unsettling or threatening situations, and a strong sense of exposure is key. Places aren’t just the backdrop against which characters act out the plot, they create the mood of a book. They are a pulse that feeds everything else.

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