Setting a thriller in a real town
The release for The Widow Catcher is days away. I am fast and furiously getting the book finalised and formatted into ebook and print. But it was only a few weeks ago that I was still considering the 'name' of the coastal town where this story takes place. Do I use a real name or a fictitious one? I mentioned this to my mother and she was quick to jump on the 'real town name' idea, especially when I told her that I was considering setting this novel in our home town of Batemans Bay, Australia.
I have taken a few liberties, of course, to suit the storyline and to also keep the action central to one location. And perhaps the local council will adopt my idea of what I consider to be mpre appropriate pieces of art for this town than what they're installing. Yikes, some of it is awful and does not link at all to our town's heartbeat. And it is the heartbeat of a town that needs to be taken into consideration.
I read a blog article from a well-known thriller author who stated that it was not enough to base a novel in 'Town A' or 'B'. An author needed to know the town, to know its culture, its heartbeat, its intricacies, the seasons, the people. Reading this article determined the final setting for me. I have lived in Batemans Bay for thirteen years, and I've gotten to know this town better than any other place I've lived.
Purchase links for The Widow Catcher are coming very soon. In the meantime, here is the blurb and the cover.
Days before Delia Frost quits her job to travel around Australia with her husband, she is invited to a book club meeting run by the local celebrity. But this isn’t a random invitation. Delia has been carefully selected by a serial killer to play her part in the murders of elderly widows.