Patricia Gligor – Visiting the Scene of the Crime
February 14, 2016
I am so happy and honored that Patricia Gligor is the first to help me get my 2016 author spotlight blogs get going!
Madeline, thank you for inviting me to be your guest.
I think writing is magical!
When I sit down to write, I immerse myself in another world. My “real” life disappears as I get into the minds and lives of my characters. What will happen to them? And, where will it happen?
You see, setting is very important to me, second only to character and plot. I wouldn’t dream of writing a book where the story takes place in a location that’s unfamiliar to me. While research is important (and necessary), it can be accomplished in a number of ways. But, in addition to research, I need to have a “feel” for a location in order to write about it. For me, that means visiting the “scene of the crime.”
One of the first things writers learn is to write about what we know. That’s one of the reasons I chose the west side of Cincinnati for the location of my first three books, Mixed Messages, Unfinished Business and Desperate Deeds. I grew up (and still live) not far from where my main character and her family live – in an old Victorian on a tree-lined street in what feels like a safe, peaceful neighborhood. It isn’t.
In my fourth book, Mistaken Identity, I decided to give my characters a change of scenery. The book takes place on Fripp Island and in Beaufort, South Carolina, places I’d recently visited while on vacation. I love the ocean and I enjoy walking the beach. The hot sun on my face, the cool breezes and the sand between my toes. Fortunately for me, I’ve never found a body there, but my main character did.
I’m currently working on the fifth book in the series and it will also be set in South Carolina. It had been awhile since I’d been to Mt. Pleasant and Charleston so, last summer, a friend and I took a trip south. We stayed in Mt. Pleasant and drove across the bridge to Charleston and I was able to once again get a “feel” for the area. And, as I always do, to take a lot of pictures for the bulletin board above my desk, which helps me to feel, when I’m back at home and writing, as if I’m still there.
I hope you’ll visit me at my blog: http://pat-writersforum.blogspot.com/
And here’s the link to my Amazon author page: http://tinyurl.com/8sd2cz4.
I’ve read Patricia’s novels, and she definitely knows how to take you there! And for me, that’s one the most important aspects of a “story well told.” Looking forward to “visiting” South Carolina through Patricia’s eyes and words.