It’s been a very long, cold winter and the prospect of warmer days is exciting. But the weather can’t seem to make up its mind, at least on the Northeastern side of the States where I live. We’ll have warm 50 degree days followed by cool days in the 20s. Or bright, sunny days with a frigid wind blowing so fiercely we don’t leave the house unless we have to. I’d love to be able to wave a wand and just have it be spring already 🙂
In real life anyway. In my current WIP, I’m doing just that. I’m working on a road trip romance that was initially set in December. My characters had to deal with snow and ice and bad driving conditions. And then my editor and I got to talking. See, the book will release in the summer…and we just weren’t sure people would want to read a book set in the winter when in real life, they’d just dealt with living through one.
So, we decided to change winter into summer. I’m going through the book, changing snow suits into flip flops and snow drifts to rain puddles. Romantic cuddles to keep warm into romantic cuddles under bright, starry skies. It’s been interesting to see how many little details go into building a seasonal setting in a book. And, when waking up to yet another morning where I can see my breath walking my kids to the bus stop, I find myself wishing a bit that I could as easily change the real seasons 😉
I am curious though, do you steer clear from winter set books during summer months, or does that not matter to you?