Why did you pick the setting you used in your story?
The first part of One Smooth Stone is set in the Yukon Territory, Canada. I chose it because I wanted to tell a story about a young man who is trying to hide. I lived in the Yukon for many years and many of the people I met there fit that profile in one way or another.
What does the setting add to the story?
I think it adds a dimension of intrigue and mystery, especially when the protagonist returns to the north and goes deeper into the wilderness, still trying to hide.
Could you write the same story in a different setting? I don’t think it would work in a different setting. The dynamics of what happens are integral to the setting. There is an episode with a Grizzly, for instance. The story could have been set in Alaska, but I think it would have a different ‘feel.’
Did you use a real place as a basis for your setting? Yes. Dawson City is a real place, the Yukon River is described as it really is, and the cabin and mining camp are taken from real places, though not specific.
Is there anything else about your setting that we need to know? Feel free to share.
The second part of the book is set in Seattle WA. I chose it because I wanted a coastal, misty/moody kind of place. – the west coast in winter.
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What is the link to buy your book?
Tell us some specific details about your setting.
What would we see?
A lot of bush, rock and water. Harsh white landscapes in winter, often a dense ice fog that shrouds everything – the kind of fog you can get lost in.
What sort of people are there?
Rugged individualists who want to live life on their own terms.
If we were traveling to your setting, what should we bring with us?
For winter – down clothing, very warm boots and mitts.
For summer – insect repellent. Lots of it.
For visitors, what do they need to know to visit your setting?
If you’re driving bring lots of spare tires.
Thank you for sharing details about your book setting.
My pleasure. Thanks for the opportunity.
Now, what’s the title of your book and where can we buy it?
One Smooth Stone. It can be ordered through any bookstore – just tell them it’s distributed by Augsburg Fortress Books – or order online from Castle Quay Books (link is above) or from Amazon, eventually – the book was just released so it will take a while for it to be posted there.