One of the things I’m enjoying about writing Lost Dogs, my work-in-progress sci-fi novel, is that it’s set on Kent Island, MD, where I live: actually, a good chunk of it takes place in my neighborhood. So when I go on walks with my dogs, I see the places where my fictional dogs roam, meet other characters, and have their adventures and trials. It makes me that much more eager to write, and I also pay more attention to my surroundings so I can bring more verisimilitude to the story.
So far, some of the places on Kent Island that I describe, mention, or allude to in Lost Dogs are (in no particular order):
- The Bay Bridge (duh)
- K-mart at Kent Landing
- Victoria Way, Victoria Drive, Calvert Road, Irene Way, and Wallman Way in Bay City
- Batt’s Neck Road and the dump
- Queen Anne’s County Bay Bridge Airport
- Matapeake Elementary and Middle Schools
- Romancoke Road (Rt 8 South)
- Love Point Road (Rt 18 North)
Writing Lost Dogs has been much different from writing Dragontamer’s Daughters, where I had to describe canyons and cacti, buttes, arroyos, and other desert scenery. You would think that writing LD would be much easier, but seeing as how it’s from the perspective of Buddy, a German Shepherd, sometimes it’s been much more difficult. And because I live here and have had to tweak a couple things here and there, I inserted this statement at the beginning of the book:
Residents of Kent Island, MD will note that I have taken some artistic license in the depiction of certain sites. For this, I beg their indulgence. All characters appearing in this work are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons—or dogs—living or dead, is purely coincidental.
More about Lost Dogs some other time….