September is here! That’s means it’s going to be fall very soon where I live. We don’t get much of a summer, that’s probably why I love summer so much. It’s already starting to cool down and leaves on some of the smaller trees started changing a couple weeks ago. But, I also LOVE fall, especially early fall, and next to summer it’s my favorite season. Late fall sucks here of course, because it’s cold and usually starts snowing and I have no love of snow (probably because I do live in a place where the majority of our year is cold and snow).
When it comes to writing, I tend to insert seasons into my books a lot. I almost always make some reference to what season it is, and sometimes it’s a plot point or a big part of the story. For example, The Wicked City takes place in the bitter January cold of Chicago, which not only sets the tone of the book, but helps to show the passage of time–in the two sequels, which take place one right after another, it’s summer of the same year, and the series also ends back in the winter. Also, my Kentucky Haints series utilizes seasons, admittedly in the first one just for the fun of showing off how much I love fall. Lorena is visiting Kentucky during the fall and having lived in a big city most of her life, she is amazed by the foliage. It didn’t really have anything to do with the plot, I just enjoyed writing it!
Do you use the seasons in your writing? What’s the weather like in your part of the world?