Place as Person: River Anthology Guest Post

The lovely Mary Victoria, who shared some words of wisdom for Tuesday Therapy a few weeks ago, is running a series of blog posts on her website as part of the excitement surrounding the River anthology, edited by Alma Alexander. (Which, btw, includes stories by Mary Victoria, Tiffany Trent, Jay Lake, Deb Taylor, Keffy R.M. Kehrli, Jacey Bedford, Joshua Palmatier, Brenda Cooper, Seanan McGuire, Ada Milenkovic Brown, Nisi Shawl, Joyce Reynolds-Ward.)

In line with the theme of this anthology, Mary invited a few of us to explore the idea of “place as person”:

Have you ever become so deeply fascinated with the setting of a book that it lingers on, invading your mind long after reading is done? We all know good world building is essential to any story. But occasionally an author takes that art one step further, creating an environment that enthralls, breathes, lives.

I was delighted to take part in this series, and my post is now up on Mary’s site. Here’s a snippet:

I’ve always been fond of Trickster characters: the sneaky, cheeky buggers who speak in riddles and are so incredibly alluring because they are never quite the stars of the show. They are completely self-serving, appearing in stories when the whim takes them, messing with the other characters’ lives, then vanishing as quickly as they came. We aren’t sure where they come from, and we aren’t sure where they go when they’re finished meddling, but we get a sense that they’ll be there forever. Somewhere, lingering in the background. Just waiting to surprise us again.

And when it comes to settings, I also fall in love with the tricky ones, the elusive ones, the ones left tantalisingly unexplored. Like Trickster characters, the most appealing settings — the ones that have the most personality — are precisely the ones that leave me wanting more.

Read the rest here.


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