Welcome to the Day 10 of The Belgrave Legacy Blog Series. The series spans from September 20, 2016 to November 1, 2016. Each week, there will be a theme with 2 blog posts (Tuesday and Thursday).
Massachusetts is where most of the novel takes place, whether it be Fawn’s college or Salem. The other locations in The Belgrave Legacy are Manhattan (see the last post in this blog series), Heaven, and Hell. I could have written about Heaven and Hell in this or the next post, but I decided that those are better-kept secrets for people who read my book.
Anyway, let’s get back to the main focus of this post:
- Fawn’s college: I never name it in The Belgrave Legacy because I originally couldn’t decide whether I wanted to model her university after my own college, or the my mother’s alma mater. And while I describe the great lawn much like the one at my school, I embellish the setting to fit how I imagine it, making Fawn’s school almost completely a figment of my imagination. My focus on her magic lessons on campus basically renders the specific location of the school irrelevant because her training either takes place outside on the lawn or inside in her dorm room—two general, universal places that can move with the reader’s imagination.
- Salem: I included this location for obvious reasons. I mean, how can you have a magic story in Massachusetts without paying homage to the awful witch trials of 1692-3? My answer: you can’t. Although this place only features as a short field trip during one of Fawn’s magic lessons, with some unfortunate after effects, I would be remiss in not including such an important location in magic’s history in America.
Have you ever been to Massachusetts? Where? Do you think there’s magic lingering there?