I’ve read a lot about world-building for writers. There are a lot of good sites out there with suggestions and questions to ask yourself as you design the location your characters will abide in. Ultimately for my work in progress, Blood Thief, I ended up with the city of Sarum. When you enter the world of the book, hopefully, I will have created a place that is new and familiar at the same time. You may recognize places that I’ve been to in the past or cities I’ve lived in in part, but Sarum isn’t a carbon copy of any one place.
When you visit Hardington’s Auction House or maybe Everson’s Funeral Home you might see traces of Greensboro or High Point. Strolling down the tree lined streets you may feel the old ghosts of New Orleans nearby or even recognize the grand old houses of Salisbury’s historic district.
Shopping? Try Mondomart or Homebase. You’re sure to find what you need. Just be sure to avoid the warehouse district near the interstate after dark. Sarum can be a dangerous place, you know. Oh and if you happen to leave your alarm off or a window unlocked, don’t be surprised if you get a visit from the Blood Thief.