Monday, March 23, 2009


The Setting You Can't Resist

As a reader you're drawn to it. As an author you might have written it at one time or another. It's the romance setting you can't resist.

For me it's the "snowed in" setting. It's nothing new, but when I find a story in which the main characters are trapped together with a blizzard raging outside, it immediately grabs my attention. Whether the characters come together for the first time in the midst of the storm or if they're already involved in a relationship and need the seclusion to recapture their love, I want to know what happens when they're alone together with nowhere else to go.

Once they're inside, forced to share everything, issues will be explored and suspicions might even develop, but it's almost a guarantee that they'll find the best way to keep warm is by making love. Characters in seclusion are in the perfect position to play off each other emotionally. They depend on each other for survival and companionship. Even if they don't get along, it's almost impossible for them to avoid each other, especially when they find each other irresistible.

I'm always ready for a "snowed in" story.

How about you? Is there a situation or setting you can't resist?

Author Bio:

Kate Hill is a thirty-something vegetarian New Englander who likes heroes with a touch of something wicked and wild. Her short fiction and poetry have appeared in publications both on and off the Internet. When she's not working on her books, Kate enjoys reading, working out, and researching vampires and Viking history. Visit her online at


Shelley Munro said...

Funnily enough, I've just started writing a snowed in setting. :)

With settings I've developed a liking for small town settings. I love the dynamics of the families and friends who live in these towns. Oh, and the gossip!

J.K. Coi said...

Settings. I love the changing setting--forcing the characters to keep moving.

Kate, what setting have you captured in your current release? Tell us a bit about it.

Kimber Chin said...


I'm the opposite. Give me somewhere sunny and tropical.

And I'm with J.K. about the changing setting. I like to send my characters on roadtrips! Must be the gypsy in me.

Kate Hill said...

Small town settings are lots of fun, too. So are settings that constantly change. That happens a lot in my vampire and Horsemen books. The characters never seem to stay in one place for long.

In my recent release, Menage a Tasia, the setting is mainly a farming colony on a planet called Shandbha. The main hero is a spy and his love interests are two slaves who work at the colony.

J.K. Coi said...

Sounds interesting, Kate. What's up next for you?

Cathy M said...

I would say that small town and closed in settings are probably my favorite. Like the flavor of a small town and the intimacy potential in a closed in story.