Changing Seasons

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’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. file000595821517

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?

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Michelle McLean is a jeans and t-shirt kind of girl who is addicted to chocolate and Goldfish crackers and spent most of her formative years with her nose in a book. She has a B.S. in History, a M.A. in English, and a knack for explaining complicated things to uncomplicated people. Michelle's non-fiction works include guides on how to write essays, term papers, literary analysis essays, and poetry. She also writes romance with a good dose of mystery and humor, historicals, and a paranormal here and there. When Michelle's not editing, reading or chasing her kids around, she can usually be found in a quiet corner working on her next book. She resides in PA with her husband and two children, an insanely hyper dog, and three very spoiled cats.

11 Responses

  1. Ally Broadfield

    I don’t mind reading out of season. In fact, during the long, hot, 100+ degree days in Texas, I would welcome a bit of snow. However, I don’t like to read holiday stories out of season. I love road trip romances, so I’ll be looking for this book when it releases!

  2. sarahballance

    I, too, will read out of season…especially in August when the humidity is terrible and I think winter can’t possibly be cold enough. But right now I’d have to REALLY like an author to pick up a book wet with snow, lol. *looks frantically around for spring*

    • Michelle McLean

      LOL that might be part of the problem. We are all so sick of winter, working on a story set in the snow isn’t as fun as we’d thought lol

  3. Sandra Owens

    Like the others, Michelle, the season the book is set in and the season I’m currently in doesn’t matter unless it’s a holiday book. Those I save for the holidays.

  4. Barbara Monajem

    I couldn’t care less what season it is in a book I’m reading. As long as the story is engrossing, I’m happy. 🙂

  5. ginaconkle2013

    Hi Michelle, I love to read different seasons throughout the year. Give me winter in winter or winter in summer. The only time I’m true to the season is around the holidays. I want those cheery, wintry books during the season.

  6. Maggi Andersen

    It’s autumn here in Australia, and we’re experience the same changes. Very cold to uncomfortably hot. I love to read books set in winter, as ours in so short here.

  7. jessicajefferson

    I had to take a few minutes and think about that one. I found that I don’t read many books set in winter. I don’t think it’s purposeful, but then again maybe my subconscious is pulling one over on me.