What Influences Your #Setting Descriptions?

Real locations are my favorite to write about.  For my first book series, Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program, Pandora High School had many similarities to the high school I attended.  Write what you know, right?

Sometimes, I scour Pinterest for inspiration. Check out the page for my next series (after)life lessons.

Every once in awhile, I type a chapter, read it back, and realize I’ve taken another book’s setting! My editor pointed this out when she read the chapter about Vita Post Mortem Academy’s cafeteria called The Dreadfort.  It had an eerie similarity to Hogwart’s Great Hall.

To avoid accidental plagiarizing, I made the tables round instead of long, removed all candles from the chandeliers and replaced them with electricity, set up a high-tech video screen, and made large windows in the back for viewing the cemetery. Ok, still sounds similar, but you can’t mess with perfection!

The Dreadfort

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