A quick survey

So, Newy is a contemporary YA, set in good old Columbus, Ohio. Here is the thing I am pondering. Right now, I have invented a High School and set it in an invented suburb on the West side. That’s about as specific as I get.

However, I am wondering if I should set the story in an actual suburb, and actual High School. The location really isn’t a big part of the story. I’m going for: every day American suburb.

So, what do you think? Real or invented?

BTW, in case the picture isn’t clear, this is supposed to be a typical high school hallway.



  1. Natalie on July 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm

    Go real! It’s fun:) And then you can visit the place and get a great visual. Teachers don’t have to be the same, but using existing places can add such a richness to a book.

    Especially if you have fantastical elements, it grounds it in reality. People love reading stuff like that. Or at least I do.

  2. Kiersten on July 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm

    See, I’d say go fictional. That way it looks exactly like you want it to!

  3. Natalie on July 12, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    Oh man, looks like it’s up to you!

  4. Natalie on July 12, 2008 at 7:52 pm

    Changed my blog name, finally.


  5. Renee Collins on July 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm

    Hmm, figures you two would be split.

    Well, I guess I’ll stick with fictional, since that’s how I started. Maybe I will make the school look exactly like the High School around here.

  6. Kiersten on July 12, 2008 at 10:37 pm

    We just like to make your life difficult.

  7. Natalie on July 12, 2008 at 11:43 pm

    Yeah, I’m the research geek. I already know which high school I’m setting Void at. Oh the ideas for that one. Can’t wait to get writing that one some time.

  8. Renee Collins on July 13, 2008 at 1:32 am

    And we can’t wait to read it. 🙂

  9. Kiersten on July 13, 2008 at 4:09 am


  10. Natalie on July 13, 2008 at 4:54 am

    Alas, I have an extensive course in Victorian America before I can really get into Void. The magical realm that Coral is from is based on that time–right before the light bulb:) (Their towns are right next to ours, just invisible. Still working out kinks…)

    If I’m ever gonna get the description right, I’m gonna at least need to go over fashion, architecture, and furniture. The rest will be magic fun.

    As for the “modern part,” Fremont, CA. That sounds like a walk in the park research wise, heh.