I live in the northeast, where autumn, at its best, gives us a brilliant show. Leaves in magificent shades of red and orange and gold fill the trees. After a crisp morning, the days warm up to pleasant walking weather, and the nights have cooled down enough to make sleeping easier.
Those are the fall days I love. I throw on my favorite sweater and the fallen leaves rustle as I walk and stir up that earthy scent. I realize that out of all the stories I've written, only two have taken place in autumn. The Passion-Minded Professor takes place during the college's first semester. And Nothing to Fear was a Halloween story. I'm afraid both of these stories took place in autumn by default. Not because I love autumn.
See, autumn in the northeast can be wonderful, but autumn at its worst is downright miserable. The cold rains that strip the beautiful leaves from the trees. The increasingly darker nights. The endless raking. And the knowledge that winter is right around the corner.
Still, that's no reason to set the majority of my stories during the summer. Just because when the weather is warm my hero can admire the heroine in her tiny bikini and sex outdoors is much more enjoyable. What about curling up by a cozy fire? Rolling around in a pile of crisp colorful leaves? Okay, so it doesn't sound quite the same as a roll in the hay, but believe me, it would be a lot more comfortable. And that would only be possible in the autumn, in a place where tons of leaves fall from the trees to blanket the ground in brilliant color.
So now that I think about it, I didn't set those two stories in autumn by default, but because that setting was the proper one for those stories. The story dictates the setting, the location and time of year. Neither one of those stories could have been shoehorned into any other season. None of our stories should be.
So I guess that means I need to come up with a story where a roll in a pile of leaves is essential. :) Then I'd have to set it in the autumn.
How about you? Authors, do you think about the seasons when you set up your stories? And readers, do you notice the season when you're reading?