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Friday, May 24, 2013

Blog Tour: Alyssa Rose Ivy talks about the setting of Hazards of Skinny Dipping

Posted by Irish in Blog Tour, Travel Log1 Comment

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As some of you are aware this year I’ve been exploring more books that were self-published and along the way I discovered the new adult contemporary romance books of Alyssa Rose Ivy. I’ve already had Alyssa here on the blog to talk about the setting for her Clayton Falls novels and now she’s back to talk about the setting of her newest book, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping. You can find my review and a contest for a copy of the book here. I always love hearing an author talk about their inspiration for a books setting and I hope that you do as well.

I tend to set my books in one of two places: fictional worlds/towns that I create, or cities that I know and love. With Hazards I did both. I set it in Charleston, SC and on a fictional college campus.

My first visit to Charleston was after my sophomore year of college. My boyfriend (now husband) was working in the city for the summer. I flew down to visit a few times that summer and fell in love with the beautiful and historical city. I loved the architecture, the foliage, and the unique feel. It had similarities to New Orleans (where we were attending college), but it was also completely different. I loved the combination of southern charm and coastal living.

Even years later, I still get excited about visiting Charleston, and we make multiple trips there a year. Hazards is actually the second book/series I set there. My YA Fantasy series, The Afterglow Trilogy, is also set in Charleston.

I decided to create a fictional college, because I already set a book series on my own college campus (Tulane in the Crescent Chronicles), and I wanted the flexibility to create exactly what I envisioned. I briefly considered using the College of Charleston, but I dismissed that idea early on. In the end, I created Harrison University, a fairly typical private southern university located in downtown Charleston. I needed this school to have a substantial Greek community (as in fraternities and sororities), and for it to attract students from both the south and north. The entire book takes place in Charleston (or at a beach house just outside of the city), except for a trip to Savannah. I didn’t get to delve into Savannah too much, but I have a feeling I’ll be using it as a setting for another book in the future.


One Response to “Blog Tour: Alyssa Rose Ivy talks about the setting of Hazards of Skinny Dipping”

  1. Vivien

    Thanks for the spotlight!! It great to get some more background information. I wish I could visit this place!