They say that there are two kinds of authors out there, plotters and pantsers. I fall firmly into the latter category; my characters have so much free will it’s a wonder I get anything written at all! As much as I like to let the characters develop their own voices, one thing I do plot and research extensively is setting, especially settings in contemporary romance.
The main reason for this is so I don’t get any details wrong. I mean, I can’t have someone hop in a cab in Queens, and get out in the Bronx ten minutes later. But beyond having a solid understanding of the huts and bolts of a location, the setting needs to fit the story.
In my contemporary romance Changing Teams, the bulk of the action takes place in New York City. Our heroine, Britt, comes off as rather naïve, and we learn that she isn’t a native New Yorker. She’s a small town girl with dreams of being an artist. Of course, becoming a working artist is easier said than done, so Britt’s been picking up a few modeling gigs to pay the rent. Our hero, Sam, relocated from Iowa to pursue a career in photography. They meet at a photo shoot, and one of the first things Britt notices about Sam is his sweet Midwestern charm.
Both Britt and Sam relocated to New York for the same reasons: they wanted to be where the action is. They both have some pretty solid dreams of what they want to do with their lives, though Sam is far more organized than Britt. The city provides an exciting backdrop for their relationship, as they hit up tapas bars, bodegas, and the Statue of Liberty. What better place to fall in love than the city that never sleeps.
About the Author
Jennifer Allis Provost writes books about faeries, orcs and elves. Zombies too. She grew up in the wilds of Western Massachusetts and had read every book in the local library by age twelve. (It was a small library). An early love of mythology and folklore led to her epic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Parthalan, and her day job as a cubicle monkey helped shape her urban fantasy, Copper Girl. Changing Teams, the first in a new contemporary series, was released November 10, 2015 from Limitless Publishing. The second book, Changing Scenes, made its debut onJanuary 5, 2015.