When starting to write you next book, do you plot it all out, including the locations your characters will inhabit? I do.
I start by thinking about various places I think might be suitable. For instance, in Midnight Days I used places round my home town, Liverpool, amongst which were St Luke’s bombed out church
and houses in Faulkner Street, as two scenes. I then “transported” them, mentally placing the church next to what became a character’s house.
There’s nothing you can’t do, when creating backdrops to your story. They don’t have to appear in your work as they do in real life. You can mix and match places to suit your own needs and tailor them to suit the story.
So set yourself the task of making your story’s background as three dimensional as possible. Paint a word picture for your readers to absorb and enable them to “live” your creations.
The world’s out there waiting for you to capture its many images and create them anew – go for it!