I've had a lot of discussions with friends about what country to set books in. A lot of my writer friends set their novels in America/UK as there is a school of thought that American's/English prefer to read books set in their own country. What I want to know from YOU is, is it true?
Melissa and I have set our Mica and Lexy series in New Zealand. Melissa has occasionally worried about this, but being the stubborn arse that I am I wouldn't consider anywhere but New Zealand, where I'm born and bred. I've never been to America or England so would feel a fraud if I set a book there, with no experience of the landscape or culture. Sure I watch movies but how real are they?
Personally I love to read books set all over the world. I like to find out new and fascinating facts about different places.
Does it make a difference to YOU where a book is set? Do you prefer books set in your own country or do you like to read about other areas in the world?