Setting is always a vital part of the process when I start a new book, and I’m notorious for using real cities and towns. One thing I love to do when possible is use settings I’ve visited, or even go scout locations. However, when I started to write Confined Desires, I was in quarantine, which severely limited my ability to scout out places. I’ve done a lot of books in the Philly area because I live in the ‘burbs, but I had never done a book featuring areas of Delaware, even though with the proximity, it’s an easy drive and I’ve been there plenty. That cemented my decision because I could picture the pre-quarantine scenes well.
The further into the book I got, the less a lot of the external setting mattered since a lot of it takes place within the confine of Sky’s apartment, yet I felt like it was easier to capture the types of people in the area, since it was one I was familiar with already. And after choosing to make Delaware my prime focus, that cemented the decision for the series to revolve around a promise Sky, Aubrey, and Kyle all make to each other on their yearly Rehoboth Beach trip, a fantastic LGBT-friendly beach in Delaware.
While a lot of times either big cities or made up towns get featured, I adore being able to shed some light on the smaller cities and towns along the East Coast, and Confined Desires let me explore some of the things I love about the area. Even though I wrote this in the middle of a lockdown, it was far too easy to mentally meander through spots along Wilmington’s Riverfront and the local parks in the area.
So, when you dive into Confined Desires, take note of the locations, and if you’re ever in the Wilmington area, make sure to stop by some of the same places Sky and Mia did. You won’t be disappointed!