So far, I think the most difficult thing about this story is the ‘real world’ setting I chose. I considered making it modern day and wondered if that would bring it to a wider audience, but I still love that older feeling of stories set in the past, and it just seems like it would be wrong to take them out of London – though I’ve also considered spicing it up a bit and making it alternate history, or otherwise adding fantasy to the real world and giving it a bit of a steampunk vibe.
But so little time is spent in the real world that I don’t think it matters much anyway. Blah blah, bad life for Wren. Blah, blah tragedy… And then the good stuff in Nevermor where I make all the rules!
Still, the backstory has to be in place. Of course, with that comes research. So I find myself wading through documents about child labor in cotton mills. Some seriously dark and terrible stuff. It made me kind of sad reading about it. Now comes the trick of taking what I learned and condensing it into just a few chapters, so that I don’t bore readers to tears with a history lesson. I think I’ve been able to do that…maybe. I guess I’ll see when it gets down to the line.
What do you think? Do you think it matters what time period they live in? Should I keep it along the same lines as Forsaken Dreamscape, or change it? Did that bother you about the other, or enhance it?