Spring is here in Florida. The temperatures are warming up to make for very comfortable days. Everything is blooming and the pollen count is off the charts, which means allergies are a concern right now. But, the azalea’s are gorgeous and the grass is starting to turn back to a healthy green shade. It’s a very pretty time of year. Just ask the tourists!
Here's a picture of the azaleas blooming in my yard right now.
As an author, one of the things I must decide as I start plotting a book is what time of year will I use as setting for my story. Christmas is always a popular holiday to write about, especially if you love snow and the fun details of holiday decorations. But then I think, who can resist a book set during a summer vacation? The beach or maybe a cruise? And what about the mountains in autumn when the leaves are changing color? With so many traditions scheduled at different times of the year, picking that particular season to plan the story gives authors plenty to work with.
So how do we chose? First, it depends on what is going to match up with the story line. If you start out knowing the book will be a Christmas story, then you can jump right in. Maybe the season is determined by the character's jobs. Or the best, or worst (for more conflict) time of the year for our characters to visit the family or help a friend in need.
The time of year can play such an important role in the story. Having our characters forced to spend time together during a snowstorm is always challenging. The lure of a star-filled night under a bright summer moon is always very romantic.
When I wrote Orange Blossom Brides, I had been to a spring fashion show. Since the memory of that fashion show figured so heavily in my story, I set my story in early spring. In Magnolia Bride, my July 2014 release, I moved right along to June, with temperatures beginning to rise in anticipation of summer.
So authors, chime in on how you pick the perfect season for your books. And readers, what time of the year do you like best as book settings?