Many authors will tell you that the story setting is just as important as the characters. In fact, I believe that setting acts much like a character in great stories like “Gone with the Wind”, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, and “The Great Gatsby”.
With that said, your setting should give the reader a sense of the story you are telling and characters you want them to fall in love with.
“The Last Rose of Summer,” book one in Celtic Rose Trilogy begins in the foothills just outside Denver, Colorado. Having been raised in the Rocky Mountains, we soon learn the mountains play an important part in Katelin Quinn’s life.
“The drive along the creek had always been one of Katelin’s favorites; it
ran through the canyon and west towards Blackhawk and Central City. The
stream forged its way over rocks, around trees, and through the long gorge,
flanked on either side by rugged mountain walls ascending toward the
gloriously blue Colorado sky. Clumps of purple and white columbine
protruded from crevasses in the rocks, providing patches of loveliness
sprinkled against the harsh gray granite. The view was breathtaking. Kate
couldn’t help but feel blessed to be in the mountains she loved, with the man
that she loved—could life get any better?”
The trilogy also celebrates the Quinn’s Irish heritage. When Kasey and Katelin find a postcard, faded by time, it leads Kate on a journey back to her mother’s birthplace, Ireland.
“As the plane began its final descent Kate looked down at the island
below; she saw a crazy-quilt of green and in the distance the ash gray
silhouette of the Wicklow Mountains against a brooding Irish sky. Katelin
understood why Kasey longed to be in this place—its wild and majestic beauty
called to her…”
One of the greatest achievements as an author, is to transport the reader to another place and time, by allowing them to see what you saw when you wrote it. So don’t forget when developing your plot; location, location, location!
“Description begins in the writer’s imagination, but should finish in the readers.”