Saturday, July 12, 2008

Where Would You Set Your Book?

Lately, on the ACFW loop there has been some discussion about books set in countries outside America in the CBA market.

If you are a writer, have you written books set outside the US? If so, where? If you haven't, where would you set your book if not in the US?

If you are a reader, have you read any books set outside the US that you thoroughly enjoyed? Are there any other settings you would like to read more of besides US based books?

I'll be the first to share. I've written a Scottish Medieval that came in second place in last year's Genesis. I started writing the sequel, but I stopped writing it because I was told by a couple of editors that books set outside the US do not sell well in the CBA market.

I'm not one who likes beating my head upside a brick wall. What was I to do? I not only had the Scottish medieval, but I had written and completed an English Regency, and an Irish historical. I felt God had called me to write Christian fiction, and I did not want to go back to secular fiction.

Over the next year, I finished my first contemporary women's fiction, which placed third in last year's Genesis. I also churned out two short historicals. All three of these manuscripts are set in the US. Maybe now I'll have something I can market to editors. At least...I hope.

Personally, I like books set in the US and in other countries. I like variety. What about you?


  1. I love Regency England. I love Scottish historicals. I never read anything but historicals for a long time.
    But I also like contemporary. I, like you, like to read all settings.

  2. I like all settings, too! But I tend to like the foreign settings to be historicals.

    Jenn, you've been so productive! You amaze me!


  3. Hi there,

    My first WIP in set in New Zealand, my second is split between New Zealand the US and the third is based in Australia.

    I heard similar things about the CBA marketplace but I'm hoping that between Lord of the Rings and Flight of the Conchords my wee country is the exception to the rule ;)