I am listed as a ‘contemporary’ author and I do include current events in my stories. For example, Sea Changes and Sea Tides have a group of characters who come from a town outside of Detroit which is suffering from the same economic problems as the larger city.
Both macular degeneration and multiple sclerosis have played a part in other books as have business ventures and entrepreneurial efforts by women working with traditional female skills.
What surprises me is when readers seem to think the locations I write about must be fictional. In fact, I write about places I know well as this allows me to set a scene quickly and work within my vivid memories of events there. A case in point is the Scottish Wild Cat. No, I did not make this up. There is a species of cat in Scotland that is exactly as I portrayed it in Auld Acquaintance.
I believe as much reality as possible gives a good background to the fictional characters in my stories and permits me to be more adventurous with them.
Do you agree?