Settings III: Channel Islands

We had long planned to visit the Channel Islands, which cluster in the English Channel between England and France, nearer France. The islands, Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Sark and Alderney, are famous for their great beauty. We visited only Jersey and Guernsey, where the...

Settings IV: Stonington

Wherever we live, or even spend a few months a year, we acquire books about the location. A list of books we have collected follows this brief summary of what we like about Stonington, and why we spend time there. We were first attracted to Stonington by its...

Settings II: Cornwall, A Favorite Destination

We’ve visited Cornwall several times, and are always dazzled by its beauty. We own a collection of books set there, including mysteries. Janie Bolitho’s Buried in Cornwall, 1991, one of several novels the author sets in Cornwall, is not entirely satisfactory as a...

Settings I: Oxford

We’ve all heard about “setting as character,” but knowing that it’s a good idea and being able to do it are two different things.  I’ve found that a good way to learn how to write well about settings is to study the works of those who excel at it.  One summer in...