An Adventure in Indianapolis is set in the city of Indianapolis. One of the big questions for writers is – do you need to live there, or to visit, or is research enough? Is your imagination enough to do what is needed, so you can create a great story? Well, in truth, as a writer, I believe that this depends. In the case of this novel I went with what was easiest: I set the novel in the city I had been living in for the 6 years prior to writing it. I don’t live there now, and it really does make a difference.
What is Trillium, which is for kids or for an intergenerational audience, takes place in a residential neighborhood. Here, the setting is actually also the USA – because that’s really where I lived when I wrote it, or else I wrote it living in Germany but not even used to Germany enough to feel relaxed about setting a story in it.
In truth, for SF and F, it doesn’t matter. For historical fiction, I think that research is enough. I think that if needed, it would be OK to rely on research but it is easier and more natural to use a location where one has spent some time for the setting of a story.