How Real Settings Can Become Remarkable Characters in Your Mysteries

How Real Settings Can Become Remarkable Characters in Your Mysteries

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When setting defines a story, when that story can't be envisioned anywhere else, it becomes a character in your mystery. Learn how to make your setting a breathing, living entity that adds new depth and meaning to the storytelling. See how setting can create a dynamic feel to your writing and affect your characters deep enough to alter their course, change their purpose, build them up … and tear them down. Realize how setting, especially if that place exists, can define your character's very existence and give your mystery a richer flavor.


C. Hope Clark writes two mystery series totaling seven books, all published by Bell Bridge Books. The award-winning Carolina Slade Mysteries and The Edisto Island Mysteries are both set in the author's home state of South Carolina with one emphasizing rural America and the other the dank, dark beauty of the coastal Lowcountry. She is under contract to write two more stories in these series with one being a crossover, where Carolina Slade meets Edisto Island. Hope's short mystery Rich Talk was accepted into Killer Nashville's Cold Blooded mystery anthology. When she's not writing mysteries, she serves as editor of, reaching 35,000 writers each Friday afternoon with her educational newsletter. She speaks at book clubs, libraries, and conferences across the country. Her next mystery comes out in late 2017, the other in the summer of 2018.

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