My second novel is called When Skies Are Grey. It is set in London between the late 1950s through to the 70s.
Being a mere slip of a girl I've had to do a lot of research about 1950s life to add authenticity to the story. Although my setting is in the part of west London I grew up in I've had to make a decision as to how authentic the details of the setting/location actually are.
I wrote the first couple of drafts almost blind. That is, I threw in street names that didn't actually exist but when it came to more well known places I had to locate them correctly.
So, as I started writing the final draft, I needed to go and do some research. My research into the local area showed me see that I hadn't remembered my childhood neighbourhood as well as I thought I did. Then came the big decision. After browsing ordinance survey maps of 1950s west London, do I keep the novel real by using actual street names or do I stick with the fictional ones I used in early drafts?
As a reader I like the idea of being able to relate to a place in the world I know by seeing them appear on the page exactly as I remember them. But I also forgive writers who use local information to suit their story.
Which do you prefer?
I suppose the answer will come to me as I write. Most importantly is that I've written a story that people want to read. As long as the location suits my storyline and plot, I'm hoping that will win my reader over.
So - it's back to the editing. Here goes!