New Project Reveal – Part 1: The Setting

Hello gentle reader,

today I’m taking part in the Tursday’s Children meme hosted by Rhiann Wynn-Nolet and Kristina Perez. It is “a weekly blog hop where writers come together to talk about whatever inspires them.”


I have decided to join this meme to share a little bit more about what I’ve been working on, a YA Historical Fantasy I have teasingly nicknamed Secret WIP. I have been getting a lot of questions about it, especially on Twitter, so I have come up with the idea of a “Project Reveal” in 4 parts, that will give you a taste of what Secret WIP is all about over the next few weeks.

Today’s theme is : SETTING.

My novel takes place in London, during the Victorian era. I am lucky enough to live near London, which means whenever I need to research a location, I can hop on a train, go to London and take pictures. All the pictures below are therefore mine…

EM Castellan - Whitechapel

Whitechapel, London

My main character moves about London a lot, and she can be found in the morning in East London, at noon at Covent Garden and in the evening at St James’s. Above and below are pictures of the Whitechapel district, made famous by Jack The Ripper at the end of the 19th Century.

EM Castellan - Spiltafields Market

Spitalfields Market

EM Castellan - Fournier St

Fournier Street (with the Ten Bells Pub and Christ Church)

Then if we travel west we arrive at St Paul’s Cathedral…

EM Castellan - St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul’s Cathedral

Then we reach West London, wealthier and more grand…

EM Castellan - St James's Square

St James’s Square

EM Castellan- Russell Hotel

Russell Square

So this is where my new project takes place! I hope this gives you a taste of what’s to come in my Secret WIP…

What is the setting of your Work In Progress? Do you find inspiration in the places you visit or where you live? Feel free to leave me a comment below, and to visit the other Thursday’s Children posts here.

24 thoughts on “New Project Reveal – Part 1: The Setting

  1. All right, I love the setting, but now I want to know the REST! hehe

  2. Kate Michael says:

    That’s it. I’m coming to your castle for a vacation so I can visit all these beautiful places and read your novel over your shoulder as you write. *packs suitcase, books flight*
    Love, Kate

  3. Mia Celeste says:

    Wow, cool. Based on the setting, Victorian London, I’d like to read your story.

  4. sugaropal says:

    And now I want to go to London… I’ve been there, but it was ages ago. As to your question, so far all of my books have taken place in coastal Maine, which is in some sense my muse. I just LOVE it.

  5. Can I pack myself in Kate’s bag? This is a spectacular setting for a novel! And I have to admit, I’m super greedy and I can’t wait to wait for parts 2-4! 🙂

  6. christineallenriley says:

    Hmmm…I think the internet ate my comment. I’d like to pack myself in Kate’s bag and come along, too! The photographs are great and the setting sounds perfect. I can’t wait to hear about parts 2-4 of your WIP. Oh, and to answer your question, I tend to write about various places in Michigan in both the upper and lower peninsulas.

  7. Miss Cole says:

    I do love trips to London, especially when I can incorporate writing 😀

  8. Love the pictures – the great thing about London is it is so many of the bones of the Victorian era are still there. Great setting for your secret WIP. My novels are set in mythical realms as a rule, but the non-fantasy ones tend to be close to home. One was based in an old house we used to live in. So glad you joined in the Thursday’s Child Blog Hop. It’s such great fun!

  9. Great photos! I’ve been to London once… looking through these made me want to visit it again 🙂

    All my work takes place it dystopian worlds, so it’s tough to find direct inspiration from the locations around me. BUT, I definitely look for elements that can add flavour to a setting that I’m developing.

    For example, there’s a condo being built near my apartment, every day the girders get higher and the pit gets deeper. This construction site served as the perfect inspiration for a scene I was working on.

    Thanks for sharing and hope that you can join us next week!

  10. I heart London. And what a rich setting. My current, and pretty close to finished, WIP is set in Savannah, GA. My next shiny idea is another Appalachian setting.

  11. Karen Rought says:

    I have a bunch of WIPs, but my most current one takes place in a small town in Maine that looks and feels oddly similar to the small town where I went to college in Pennsylvania. 😉 It’s very helpful, though, because I know that location inside and out and there’s no need to travel for research. I’m lucky that the story doesn’t call for exact details of a specific location, just something that emulates a small town in the Northeast.

  12. Ooooo, interesting 🙂

    Mine is set in Blackheath South East London and Rochester in Kent. I need to take some pics I think.


  13. missmkperez says:

    Great post. Thanks for joining us! Have you been watching Ripper Street, by any chance?

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