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Have you written about solace without being there?

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AmericasTorturedBrow Tue 13-Aug-13 22:55:05

I really badly want to set my current work in Mexico. I've never been. Will it be really obvious to readers and does it matter? Is research enough?

Obviously I'd love to go and do the research properly but I'm just an amateur and for various family reason can't justify going at the moment

AmericasTorturedBrow Tue 13-Aug-13 22:55:27

Title should say "a place" sorry!

ninah Wed 14-Aug-13 07:48:16

Sharon Bolton set her novel Sacrifice in a place she hadn't visited, she used OS maps etc, I think there's something about it on her webpage.

TunipTheUnconquerable Thu 15-Aug-13 11:16:21

Whether it will be obvious to readers - depends how good a writer you are, doesn't it?!

Given the wonderfulness of the internet, I think it might be possible for you to find someone who has been there or knows it well to beta read your completed draft for you. You will have to return the favour but I bet there are people who know Mexico and want to set books in England and would appreciate you checking through theirs for them.
If you join a big, America-based forum like you will probably be able to hunt someone down. If you start networking now you'll have plenty of contacts lined up by the time you finish.

I recently read a book set in Tudor England, written by an American author, which had chipmunks running around in it. Would have been SO easy to prevent that sad

So, IMO, write it but get it checked.

AmericasTorturedBrow Thu 15-Aug-13 18:43:46

Great advice, thank you

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