1. Siberia, Russia
Admitting to this is probably giving away one of my biggest secrets, but yes, I want to write a book set in Siberia. Preferably in winter. Think about it - the isolation, the culture, the cold. I have a story I call my 'dream romance story', one I will write when I feel I'm skilled enough, and this book will be set in Siberia. I'm not entirely sure where yet and obviously I'd love to visit Siberia first, but I'm not sure if that's ever going to happen, so this story will, for now, remain a 'dream'.
2. Bath, England
I spent the afternoon in Bath when I went to England, saw the Roman Baths, visited the Jane Austen Centre, and had a yummy sausage roll and chocolate brownie at this cute little bakery. I took photos of the beautiful Bath Cathedral and bought a local piece of handmade glass - a penguin figurine. And I don't know...but it was a lovely afternoon and if I were to pick another English town to set a book in, I'd love to write a love story in Bath.
3. New York, USA
Sounds like a standard location, but I'd really like to set a book in New York. I started one once, which was when I sat on Google Maps streetview and travelled all the way from JFK to Manhattan so I could work out when you first might catch a glimpse of the Manhattan skyline. But I love New York and spent two weeks there once, so I think it'd be awfully fun to set a book here in the city that truly never sleeps.
4. Las Vegas, USA
Okay, so I seriously LOVE Las Vegas! I spent a couple magical days there once to check out the magicians, see the Grand Canyon, and do some serious shopping. I still can't believe the effect the place had on me...it's like visiting the whole world all at once! If I could, I'd seriously go back there. It's so much fun! I don't know what sort of book I'd like to set there, but it's definitely a place I'll use one day.
5. Hong Kong
I sort of have this opening in my head 'when heroine boarded the plane to Hong Kong and saw the man sitting beside her, she knew it was going to be a long flight...' Whether he's just insanely gorgeous or she knows him, I don't know. That's all I have so far.
I spent a week in Hong Kong and if I'm going to use a setting I've been to, this is definitely an interesting, vibrant place.
Rachel is a writer of romance fiction with vast interests in travel, theatre, sport, and everything books. This blog is a fun feed where Rachel lists her Top 5 of whatever inspires her.