Laurie King—Place as Character: The Importance of Setting in Fiction

"Without setting, characters are simply there in a vacuum with no reason to act and most importantly no reason to care. Without a place there is no story.” ~  author Nina Munteanu. 

Many of the novels by New York Times bestselling crime/thriller author Laurie R. King are set in exotic locations around the world. Venice, Morocco, Paris, Palestine — all have been portrayed vibrantly in the pages of her many novels. What are the secrets of creating a setting that not only draws a reader into a fictional world, but serves to prod character development, plot twists and more? Indeed, a setting can become a character when brilliantly drawn. How to go about this? Hear tips on techniques from a world-class expert.