by Chris Ledbetter
Series: Terra Sempre Saga, Book 2
Genre: YA Contemporary/Fantasy Romance
Release Date: July 1, 2016
Today I'm thrilled to have Chris Ledbetter on the blog, talking about settings and why they are so important. Thanks for stopping by Chris!
Setting is an important tool we authors employ. I engage two distinct settings, as alluded to on the bottom of the book’s cover. The first, and the one that opens the story, is Wilmington, North Carolina, USA. The second is the world within the cursed sketchbook. It’s based loosely on a Tuscan village circa the Renaissance. I hope that the settings are vivid enough to become characters themselves.
I chose Wilmington as the base setting because I live here. I know it well, and I wanted to drop real-life sights and places into the story. This performs two actions for me. On the one hand, it brings the city to life for those who haven’t been here. They can look up certain places on my Pinterest board or on Google maps and get a three-dimensional representation of the places I describe. Secondly, for those who have been here, I hope to create an in-story nostalgia.
In Book 1, DRAWN, I dropped in specific places that exist in real life , such as the Carolina Beach, NC boardwalk and Britt’s Donuts. These donuts are hands down the best donuts you’ve ever tasted. In Book 2, INKED, I have the characters go to Journey’s in the shopping mall, a favorite ice cream and fudge shop called Kilwyn’s, and a local favorite pizzeria called Pizzetta’s. They have the best pizza in Wilmington, NC.
(My Pinterest board for DRAWN: https://www.pinterest.com/chris_ledbetter/drawn-novel-inspiration/ )
(My Pinterest board for INKED: https://www.pinterest.com/chris_ledbetter/inked-novel-board/ )
The world within the sketchbook, Terra Sempre, is a darker version of a fortified, hilly village in the heart of Tuscany during the Renaissance. I chose Italy as my inspiration because of its obvious link to and influence over art. The Renaissance was one of the most artistically creative times in world history. So, feeding off of that was simply homage. And I loved the research that was involved. I’ve never been to Italy, but now I feel like I have. And while there isn’t a one-to-one direct correlation from Terra Sempre to Italy, because, hey, Terra Sempre is fantasy, after all, there is a strong enough link for Italians to enjoy it as well, I think.
You're Not Truly Alive Until You Know What You Would Die For...
Cameron Shade and Farrah Spangled survived a near-death experience together. Now, their us-against-the-world relationship thrives despite pressure from their families, as well as cultural and social obstacles. That is, until Farrah’s father ships her off to private boarding school in Virginia.
Driven by unbearable aches of absence and longing, Cameron and Farrah are lured back inside the cursed sketchbook and the perilous Terra Sempre that siphoned their souls and almost cost them their lives.
Undeterred by a gathering storm of threats and complications, Cameron and Farrah find unlikely allies in both realms, but what Cameron discovers in Terra Sempre might make him want to stay there forever.
He taught high school and coached football for six years in Culpeper, VA. He enjoys the occasional Spartan Race, and is working toward a triathlon.
As a self-described, young reluctant reader, he writes young adult stories specifically to reach other reluctant readers. As a participant in the prestigious Nevada SCBWI Mentor Program, he was blessed to be mentored by Suzanne Morgan Williams, 2012 SCBWI member of the year.
He now lives in Wilmington, NC with his family.