Where in the world is Tasha?

Thank you to everyone who downloaded the first three chapters of My Best Mistake. Tasha’s hands are full with the kids and her ex. You’ll learn more about that once the book comes out (and yes, it WILL come out this year). 

But something that you might not get as much flavor of is Tasha’s world. Where does she live? I don’t explicitly come out and say in the book because I want you, Awesome Reader, to bring your own experiences to that. Sure, I could give you all the answers. But some of the fun of reading (at least in my humble opinion) is using imagination to bring a story to life. 

That’s why seeing a movie after I have read the book can be disappointing. When I read, I create the character in my mind. Long before Daniel Ratcliffe, Colin Firth and Jamie Dornan put their acting chops to the task, I’ve already created the book’s characters in my head. 

(Aside: yes, I read all kinds of stuff. I’m a bit eclectic. Amazon doesn’t know what to recommend to me.)

Back to the point: since I don’t provide specifics in the book, I want to share a little bit about where Tasha’s dramas unfold. 

Picture a small midwestern town. I grew up in Kansas so I have plenty of images to draw from. You might be more familiar with Iowa, Nebraska or Ohio. It doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you understand the town where Tasha lives isn’t big, but isn’t small either. It’s a place where it’s possible to run into someone you know, but there are still plenty of people you’ve never met before. 

Now before someone out there argues this happens in New York City or Los Angeles, you are correct. It does. But Tasha doesn’t live on either coast. She lives in the midwest. Things are a little slower, buildings hit a max height of 20 or so stories. Fewer people adopt the latest fashion trends. Denim is still king. 

Residents welcome a newcomer with a basket full of gluten-free muffins. There’s a restaurant or two in town that accommodates most food allergies. And yes, there is an independent bookstore, alive and well. 

See what I’m doing here? I’m taking the best parts of a lot of things and putting them into Tasha’s town. It doesn’t matter exactly where that town is. It matters you get a general idea. 

Some storytellers provide specifics. The author maps out the setting for the reader and that’s great. I like reading those books, too. But I’m coming to learn that what works for one writer, doesn’t work for the next. That applies to readers as well. 

It’s your turn: what type of reader are you? Let me know if you want the specific details of the characters’ surroundings or if you like to make things up on your own. No wrong answer here. It’s all about what you like! Send your comments to carolewolfeauthor@gmail.com.

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