The present blog is about fictional London, that is, the London that figures as the setting for my two latest stories, The Alpha’s Edge and Buy Me Love. I thought it would be fun in this blog to show the real places where the stories unfold.
THE ALPHA’S EDGE
This short story sets up the world of the shapeshifter trilogy I’ve begun. It is available for free at my website when you sign up for my email list (sign up in the top left corner of this page).
The events take place within a 24-hour period, and all the action unfolds in and around Montague Street in the Bloomsbury neighborhood of London.
The story takes place in November, and there’s snow on the ground.
The neighborhood is characterized by 18th-century Georgian architecture, mostly brick buildings with black wrought iron fencing, all with three stories and a mansard roof below which are tucked apartments for the servant.
A few scenes take place in near-by Bloomsbury Square Gardens.
The main characters have lunch at Spaghetti House.
BUY ME LOVE
This is the first book in my shapeshifter trilogy, and I’m in the midst of writing it. I stopped in London at the end of my around-the-world trip and had tons of fun confirming locations I was already familiar with and then scouting out new ones for the story
The hero, Detective Chief Inspector Moses Reilly, works for the Scotland Yard branch of the Metropolitan Police, so naturally there are scenes in his workplace.
New Scotland Yard moved to this building on Broadway in the 1960s and is now in the midst of moving to their original location on Victoria Embankment and reclaiming their original name of Scotland Yard (that is, without the ‘New’). For the purposes of my story, I have them still in the building on Broadway and refer to them as Scotland Yard.
Early on in the story a dead body shows up in Victoria Tower Gardens. It is walking distance from Scotland Yard.
Another dead body shows up in Russell Square, Bloomsbury.
Because Buy Me Love is related to The Alpha’s Edge, some of the action takes places on Montague Street and Bloomsbury (see above). Buy Me Love takes place in August, so the snowy scenes above are green and leafy.
The heroine, Zelda Sachsen, is a werewolf (not really a spoiler if you read The Alpha’s Edge first).
Among other activities, she visits her friend Gerta on Cloth Fair, a medieval street in the part of London known as City of London – familiarly called the Square Mile, the major financial center of the city.
Gerta lives on the first floor of The Rising Sun. I renamed this pub – with a great leap of imagination – The Setting Sun.
Paula Fields, a secondary character, lives on Brooks Mews in Mayfair.
Werewolf Watchers, a networking club in the story, holds their monthly meetings at The Argyll Arms in Soho.
The Argyll Arms has beautiful Victorian interiors.
There are more locations in Buy Me Love, but these are the major ones I have so far.
Factual London is great. Fictional London might be even better!
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Book One: Tied Up
Book Two: Captured
Book Three: Knocked Out
This post was written by Julie Andresen