Book Title: Wicked Hunger
Series: SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes
Author: DelSheree Gladden
Genre: YA Urban Fantasy
Length: 95,000 words/240 pages
Publisher: GMTA Publishing LLC
Presented by: As You Wish Tours
Setting, Setting, Setting
We’ve all heard that in real estate, it’s all about location, location, location. How true is that in writing?
Where you set your story can have a big impact on the rest of the book. Knowing how to choose the right setting, and knowing how a setting will affect not only the development of the plot, but how the reader perceives the characters and book as a whole is very important to a book’s success. People who grow up in small, rural towns may view the world a little differently than life-long city dwellers. Renters have a different outlook on a broken faucet than someone who owns their home. Someone who grew up in the mountains may have different day to day activities than one who grew up near the beach. The setting can impact so many aspects of a story that it is very important that the right one be chosen.
The first step in choosing a setting is knowing what types of settings you are prepared to write about. In other words, what settings to you know enough about to accurately recreate? Don’t write about living on a farm if you’re never so much as touched an animal that wasn’t a house pet. Readers who know about feeding pigs or mucking stalls are going to know that you have never done either. This doesn’t, however, mean that you can never write about a farm just because you’re a city kid. It means that you need to get to work researching, reading, and most importantly talking to people who have firsthand experience. An interview might seem daunting, but most people are happy to share their expertise.
What type of setting does your story require? It may be challenging to write a complex spy thriller with lots of action in a town of 100 people living in rural Iowa. Think about what events are going to take place in your novel and find a setting that is appropriate for traditional high tea, bird watching, corporate espionage, or whatever you plan to write about.
Another aspect to consider is how do you want your characters to be affected by the setting? Are they overwhelmed by moving to a big city for the first time? Are they about to be swept up into high class or political intrigue? Also, consider how familiar you want your character to be with the setting. They may be an old pro, or a newbie struggling to tread water. Is the environment hostile or restive? Create a setting that will impact your characters in a way that helps you further the storyline.
Just like a poor real estate selection, a setting that doesn’t meld with the characters and plot can significantly hurt the readability. Consider every aspect of how a setting will impact the characters, plot, atmosphere, and pacing. And don’t forget to do your research and make it as realistic as possible. Don’t give readers an excuse to put your book down.
Vanessa and Zander Roth are good at lying. They have to be when they are hiding a deadly secret. Day after day, they struggle to rein in their uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering in order to live normal lives. Things only get worse when Ivy Guerra appears with her pink-striped hair and secrets. The vicious hunger Ivy inspires is frightening, not to mention suspicious.
Vanessa’s instincts are rarely wrong, so when they tell her that Ivy’s appearance is a sign of bad things to come, she listens. She becomes determined to expose Ivy’s secrets. Vanessa tries to warn her brother, but Zander is too enamored with Ivy to pay attention to her conspiracy theories.
One of them is right about Ivy … but if they lose control of their hunger, it won’t matter who is right and who is wrong. One little slip, and they’ll all be dead.
Delsheree Gladden’s first book in her new YA series SomeOne Wicked This Way Comes is a riveting story of uncontrollable bloodlust that turns dealing with family, friendships, trust, devotion and love into a WICKED HUNGER~~~Susan Stec, author of Dead Girls Never Shut Up and The Grateful Undead Series.
DelSheree Gladden lives in New Mexico with her husband and two children. The Southwest is a big influence in her writing because of its culture, beauty, and mythology. Local folk lore is strongly rooted in her writing, particularly ideas of prophecy, destiny, and talents born from natural abilities. When she is not writing, DelSheree is usually teaching yoga, coaching gymnastics, reading, painting, sewing, or working as a Dental Hygienist. Her works include Escaping Fate, Twin Souls Saga, and The Destroyer Trilogy. DelSheree’s newest series, The SomeOne Wicked This Way Come series, follows Vanessa and Zander Roth, siblings with an uncontrollable hunger for pain and suffering that will either gain them limitless power or lead them to their deaths.
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