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Setting My Book Series in Canada

Maggie Thom, Award Winning Author, Speaker, Writing Coach

When I first wrote Captured Lies I had used a fictional place. It seemed right at the time and kept me from procrastinating in writing the story. I wrote Captured Lies as a standalone novel. In fact, I had first written it as a romance. I had read a lot of romance in my younger days and truly thought that was how you were supposed to break into the publishing field. Authors that I loved – Sandra Brown, Nora Roberts… In fact, they are two authors that helped attract me to writing more complex novels.

I really liked the story of Captured Lies but I wanted it to have more depth and to be Bailey’s story. I was now hooked on suspense/thrillers and wanted to know if I could turn Captured Lies into one. So when I tore apart the original story and rewrote it, I felt like it needed to be set in real place. But where?


But where to start?

When I really looked at the story and tore it apart, I realized that I wanted to use real settings. This can be a challenge but I felt it was important. I’m not sure why, but it felt important to the story. Well, there are so many places to choose. Now adays it is pretty easy, you can google about any place and find out what you need. But that didn’t feel right to me.

So I set the story in a place that I knew fairly well, Canada. To my knowledge there aren’t a lot of suspense/thrillers using some part of Canada as the setting. I know I hadn’t read many stories that were set in Canada. The question was still where, though?.

I really had no clue but as I was rewriting it, I paid attention to what was happening and what would make it feel more authentic. As I added in twists that really helped with where it needed to happen.

But where in Canada?

I don’t know if there was really any reason for the places I chose – Calgary, Victoria, Valemount, Jasper, Edmonton, Ontario. I had been to most of these places but not all. Kind of weird right? Or at least I thought so, but they were the places that seemed to be what the story was calling for.

The story really starts off in Calgary and soon draws you into several cities and settings in Canada – some in the west and some in the east. You can follow the journey by starting here – Journey across Canada through Captured Lies, Starting in Calgary.

“Journey Across Canada, through the Caspian Wine Series.”

So now that I had Captured Lies decided, what to do about book 2 and 3? Really, it was easier than I thought. I really let the stories tell me where they needed to be set. Because Book 2, Deceitful Truths and Book 3, Split Seconds, each were stand alone stories they did have common threads and people throughout, so I had to make sure the settings worked in all three. And they did.

It was an interesting journey to write this book series in Canada. I definitely learned alot about Canada, so that was pretty cool. And I connected with some great people who helped me understand some of the places a little better, so they would be very real.

To read about the journey across Canada in Captured Lies, start here.

To read more about the settings in Canada

I used in Captured Lies, click on an image below.

Maggie Thom

Multi-Award winning author, Maggie Thom. Author of The Caspian Wine Series – Captured Lies (Book of the Month - LAS Reviews and Reader's Favorite Finalist), Deceitful Truths and Split Seconds (Award Winning) – and her other published novels, Tainted Waters (Suspense and Thriller Book of the Year through Turning the Pages Magazine),  Deadly Ties, Fractured Lines and her new series - The Twisted Deception Series. Click here to learn more.

And her Free eBook - Blurred Lines.

Her motto: Read to escape… Escape to read…

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Setting the Series in Canada

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