One of the best parts of writing fiction is having free license to just make stuff up. People, places, times, gadgets, creatures, and more!
Of course, here at The Ballroom Blog, we are mostly writing historical romance — and we try to use the real historical setting as best as we can research it. But we still get to make stuff up. All those dukedoms and earldoms, for instance. All our characters, of course. Perhaps a village, like Spindle Cove. And every once in a while, we have an excuse to make up an entire country!
That’s the fun I’m having right now, as I work on the new book, ANY DU–
Oh, wait. I may not have announced in the Ballroom that I have a new book contract! Well, I do! I’m so excited to be working on Spindle Cove Book 4, which will be releasing in 2013. It’s called ANY DUCHESS WILL DO. Huzzah! Much rejoicing in the Dare household.
As I was saying…
As I work on the new book, ANY DUCHESS WILL DO, I have the exciting challenge of creating a fictional country. (The book takes place in England, but I have visiting royalty as secondary characters.)
Up until now, the closest I’ve come to this was letting Colin from A Week to be Wicked spin yarns about being the long-lost Prince Ampersand of Crustacea. That was fun in a different way. I didn’t have to make anything make sense! Quite the opposite. The more absurd, the better.
Now I’m trying to create a plausible fictional country. Right now, I’m modeling it off some alpine principalities (shades of Crustacea) that were at different times part of the Austrian Empire, part of Germany, or part of Italy. Mostly I’ve chosen this region so that my fictional land can have some strategic importance in the Napoleonic Wars. But also because…
If you were creating a fictional country of your own, where would you put it?
Are there any fictional lands in literature you wish you could visit? Narnia, the Shire, Genovia, Oz…?
And if anyone has names for my fictional alpine principality, I’d love suggestions!