Today is my spot on the blog tour for Estelle Maskame’s latest book, The Wrong Side of Kai, and I’m sharing a guest post from the author about why she writes books set in the US.
About the Book:
Vanessa Murphy doesn’t do relationships.
With a father who doesn’t notice her, it’s easy for her to sneak around with her latest fling, Harrison Boyd. But when an explicit video of Vanessa hooking up with Harrison is leaked the morning after she ends things with him, her life is thrown into chaos.
And Vanessa wants payback. Enter Kai. With his own vendetta against Harrison, Kai proposes revenge, and the two pair up to ruin Harrison Boyd’s life. At first, they are nothing more than an illicit partnership. Teammates working towards the same mission.
But – between late-night stakeouts and crime committing – Vanessa is drawn into Kai’s life. And, as the two grow closer, she finds herself letting Kai into hers.
Estelle’s Guest Post:
One of the most popular questions I get asked during interviews is “Why are your books set in the USA?” and the answer is actually really simple. In fact, I’ve always thought the answer was pretty obvious – why wouldn’t I set my books in a different country?! The majority of people who ask me that question usually follow up by asking me why I don’t choose to set my books here in Scotland where I live. And again, the answer is simple – because I live here!
I absolutely love Scotland. I’ve lived here my entire life and I love the people, the accents, the culture, the scenery and everything else in between. But Scotland is also my every day reality, and that means it’s all too familiar for me. As a writer, I love to escape from my real life and put myself in someone else’s shoes for a change. It allows me to experience new things simply through my own imagination, and my main focus as a writer is to have fun when I write. And writing about things that are too close to home isn’t all that exciting to me, because as I said above, it’s too familiar! It’s what I’m used to every day, and the last thing I want to write about are things that I experience constantly in real life.
That’s why I set my books in a different country, because writing about somewhere else is new and interesting and exciting. It keeps the writing process fun for me, because I’m learning about something new. I enjoy all of the research, from the initial search for that perfect town or city, to trawling through Google Maps to plan out my characters’ route to school, to discovering cool hotspots that I dream of visiting one day.
Why the USA? Because it’s such a universal setting and everyone all over the world knows about the US. Sometimes settings can be a bit niche, but the USA, to me, is the perfect setting that anyone can enjoy.
I love writing about American culture too. The way my American characters act is so different to how Scottish people act, so it’s a whole bunch of fun writing about characters who speak and act totally different from myself and my friends.
It’s pretty obvious that the keyword here is FUN. Why do I set my books in the USA? Because it allows me to have fun as an author and I’ll continue having fun, and setting my books overseas, for many more books to come.
Thanks so much to Estelle for sharing this! The Wrong Side of Kai is out now.