by Elle Field
Sometimes I don’t see the same location as the people I am with. Take Beech Street, the road leading from Barbican Underground Station to the Barbican Centre in London: To most it’s just a slightly grotty tunnel, but to me it’s where Arielle meets Piers for the first time in Kept, and the spot where Arielle gets mistaken for interactive art whilst they wait for an ambulance to show up. (Sometimes I feel I should sneak over there when it’s quiet and chalk ‘Arielle loves Piers, forever’ on the wall but, of course, in my head that’s already there!)
Or, take Brockenhurst train station in the New Forest – there’s actually a steak restaurant opposite it, but to me it’s The Cobbler, a pub with bright yellow walls and a flowery decor that Arielle and Ob adopt as their local pub after the decline of The Guinea Inn.
But, it’s not just me who sees this secret side to locations. You see, it might sometimes be a logistical nightmare cross-referencing my books, but it’s worth it to have all my characters inhabit the same fictional chick lit world. No matter which chick lit book you read of mine, the New News publishing family, for example, will always be based in the Gherkin, whilst Tabitha’s cafe, Tabi’s, will always be located on the King’s Road.
To help me keep everyone’s story arcs straight, I have a huge timeline to refer to, but that doesn’t stop me from sometimes messing up. I had Geli popping up in Lost in London when she was actually in South Africa at that point in time in Geli Voyante’s Hot or Not, so I had to scribble her guest appearance out. If it contradicts an event that has already happened in another of my books then the event has to go. It may be a fictional world that my characters inhabit, but it has to remain a possible world!
Elle Field lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She enjoys exploring new places, watching musicals on the West End, and eating her way around London’s culinary delights. Lost, the second book in the Arielle Lockley series is out now: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Lost-Arielle-Lockley-Book-2-ebook/dp/B00U2X7E4A If you’ve not yet read Kept, the first book in the series, buy it here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Kept-ebook/dp/B00CHCOO7E The final book, Found, will be out later this year.