Thursday, 11 February 2016

What's a Wallop?

What’s a Wallop?

Well, it’s an imaginary valley in the county of East Sussex in England. At the head of the valley is the small town of High Wallop, and below, the village of Lesser Wallop. I have been spending a lot
of time in the Wallops these past few months. I like it there.

What I mean is I like it when a world comes together in my imagination. All authors love this. Location is key. Some writers I know scour the internet for pictures of sweet little places they can decode into their own words. Me, I begin with the pub name, The Winded Whippet. Then I move on to the cafés and restaurants, there’s The Potted Crab, and The White Pig. You see a theme, right? Exactly – places of interest for me when I visit somewhere new.

And now that I have two locations, High and Lesser Wallop, I need to be able to travel between them. I think I’ll mosey along lanes with high hedgerows past fields gently edged with idle streams.
Drowsy sheep live in these fields, with the occasional flash of rabbit’s tail and the lowing of a lonely cow. No, maybe not, delete the cow. And don’t get me started on the wildflowers, the oxeye daisies, the Solomon’s seal, dog rose, angelica -  I just love common botanical nomenclature.

Far past the hedgerows I can see the church steeple of St. Poe’s, and higher up the valley St. Dunstan’s rising over the rooftops. There’s a village green, with a pond and ducks. A bakery and a butcher’s shop where the town gossip works. She’ll be useful.
Which brings me to characters. Two women leads, obviously. One will be local, the other a blow-in.
Let’s give them a back history, I know – they can be exes. Built-in tension from the get go is always useful. Let’s give them friends, let’s give them family, jobs, cars, pets – dogs or cats?
Think of a plot. Make something happen. Write a book. Release it in May and...Welcome to the Wallops.

Next up on 13th Feb is Baxter Clare Trautman, find her at http://baxterclare.com

7 comments:

Jove Belle said...

I'm so proud of you for venturing out of your shell long enough to hop along with us. :)

Not much to say really... said...

My ankle hurts.

Sacchi Green said...

Such a lovely cozy setting! If you don't use it for a murder mystery this time maybe you can sometime later.

Not much to say really... said...

Sacchi, murder never once crossed my mind. But who knows now?

Anonymous said...

I can't find this for sale! Is it only in the UK for now?

Not much to say really... said...

Hello, Anonymous.

Welcome to the Wallops is due out on 15th June and you can buy it here - https://www.ylva-publishing.com/product/the-wallops-by-gill-mcknight/ very very soon.

Keep an eye on this link cos it comes from the publisher a week before anyone else gets it.

Thanks for asking.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much! I will keep my eye on it.