I think this explains why I personally enjoy reading and writing about people, places, and events outside the US and where I live. For me, it’s easier to go to those places in mind and get into the mode of world building.
People used to tell young writers to write what they know but I am certain they should write what they long for, because the most important element in any novel is longing. I have written about places and times where I long to be. And that is why my second address will always be Wood Street, Cripplegate Ward, London, 1593. Turn up from St. Paul’s toward the city gates.
I live in a fabulous place. I was born in New York City and have lived here all my life and I adore its history, especially the years around 1880-1920. At least once a year I read another novel about my city. Writer friends travel from all over America to come here and research their New York historical novels. I have never written one. It would cost me far less than a cup of gourmet coffee to travel anywhere in the…
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