Help Pick a Location for a New Series!

Now that ILLUMINATION is out (remember, the big Kindle sale is still going on here and don’t forget STORM FORCE, also on sale, is unofficially Penton 3.5), I think it’s about time to work on some new books, right? I won’t go into a lot of detail on the idea I’m working on, except to say it will be about shifters, and my shifters need both space to roam and a location that they can defend themselves from outsiders. Since there are different breeds of shifters living in this mystery location, defending themselves from each other is another matter!

So, I’ve been trying to think of good locations. The Pacific Northwest and Big Sky Country seem to be overused in the shifter genre. Do I want an imaginary location? Urban or rural–or at least an urban place with a rural escape (think huge compound). Should it be in the United States?

Here are the spots I’ve considered. Weigh in, and let me know what you think!

1–British Columbia. (Open space, tricky terrain but too isolated?)

2-Alaska (Good weather complication potential, also tricky terrain and lots of space)

2–A National Park (interesting, but not sure how they’d stay hidden)

3–Montana/Wyoming/Big Sky (lots of open space, not too many people, but potentially overdone)

4-Southern California or South Florida (lots of rich people with big compounds but weather doesn’t seem amenable to shifters–no gator shifters here)

5-Appalachia or North Georgia mountains (has potential)

So…what do you think? It could be NYC or Chicago just as easily but the sheer number of people might be prohibitive…or maybe hiding in plain sight could be a challenge.

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About Suzanne Johnson

Author of urban and paranormal fantasy and romantic suspense, currently living in Auburn, Alabama. Author of the Sentinels of New Orleans series (Royal Street; River Road: Elysian Fields, Pirate's Alley, and Belle Chasse (Nov 2016). Writing as Susannah Sandlin, she is the author of the Penton Legacy series (Redemption; Absolution; Omega; Storm Force; Allegiance); The Collectors series (Lovely, Dark, and Deep; Deadly, Calm, and Cold); and the upcoming Wilds of the Bayou series (Book 1, Wild Man's Curse) releases April 2016).

13 thoughts on “Help Pick a Location for a New Series!

  1. WOW, what an interesting question. I have enjoyed your settings in New Orleans and Penton. I would pick Appalachia or North Georgia mountains. That way if needed they are close to New Orleans, never know when they may need to visit the French Quarter. Or even Florida.

    • LOL. Good point. All roads seem to lead to NOLA for me, and I can see this series making a visit to the Crescent City. :-). Plus, I can do on-site research to North Georgia easily.

  2. I like the idea of Appalachia or North Georgia. Maybe they could run into the Tufa!

    • LOL–funny you should say that. When I was pondering Appalachia, I thought, well, I’d need to stay in Georgia or West Virginia or the Carolinas so I wouldn’t step on Alex Bledsoe’s turf!

  3. I like either upstate NY or maybe New England. Plenty of forested area and mountains but still towns and stray campers.

  4. I may be a bit biased but British Columbia is gorgeous, lots of forests and very mountainous. There are plenty of small towns and of course the city of Vancouver, in case the sifters need an international airport to fly into the U.S. Or of course they could cross the border thru the forests into Washington and Idaho.

    • Yes, I’m pretty sure if I get out of the eastern U.S., I’d pick British Columbia. I reaaaally want to visit there. I’ve been watching the third season of the TV show “Alone,” and like season one, the people are on Vancouver Island. Holy cow. The terrain, weather, and wildlife are, well, wild. 🙂

  5. I love the mountains, so Appalachia sounds good to me. However, I would love to see you write a story set in Chicago, but of course I may have a bit of a bias

  6. I agree that the mountains would be a perfect location for a shifter series. The Great Smoky Mountains or the Blue Ridge Mountains are two possibilities. I would love to see a series set in the Carolinas.

  7. OMG! I have the perfect location…..CLEMSON! Or at least the Pickens/Oconee County area. It’s in the northwest corner of SC-close to the beach (ish), mountains, and central to Atlanta and Charlotte. It would be PERFECT!!! 🙂

  8. Appalachia or North Georgia mountains, for sure!! I also like the suggestions of Clemson or the Carolinas. 🙂