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Fake Towns, Fake Cities, Fake Universes

I love settings. I love inventing settings, usually based on places I've been, thinly disguised. In my debut Like Mandarin, the town of Washokey is an amalgamation of several small Wyoming towns, flexed and shaped the way I wanted it.

Building a town, a city or any setting is much like building a character--both require three dimensions to be believable. So when I ran across fellow 2011 debut author Scott Tracey's blog post,"How to Create Your Own Fake Town," I was thrilled. Scott offer great tips on constructing those imaginary towns and cities, from names to histories, haunted landmarks to town drunks (Washokey's got both!). Definitely check it out.
Kirsten Hubbard

Kirsten is the author of Like Mandarin, Wanderlove, and the middle grade novel Watch the Sky.

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  1. Hey Kirsten, your link is bad. Can't wait to see it though.

  2. Thanks, Kristen, for the link. I can't wait to read it.

  3. Holy crap...I cannot tell you how perfect the timing of the post is. Because guess what I was just. doing.

  4. ooh, this is awesome. Thanks, Kirsten!


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