Anne Emery: Setting as character
"When I read a novel, I want to know where I am without wading through long paragraphs on the gorse or the scrub grass. Setting is more than landscape, streetscape, architecture. It’s the culture of the locals, their dialects, music, the colour and taste of their drink. I’ve tried to make a pub a character in Death at Christy Burke’s. In LeCarré’s Cold War novels, you are there, in the Circus, fifth floor, thinking in a posh accent. You do a shoulder-check when you walk out. The entire British Intelligence culture becomes a character. Characters become setting; setting becomes character."
Anne Emery is a lawyer and the author of the Collins-Burke mystery series set in Halifax. She has won an Arthur Ellis Award, a silver medal in the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards, and the 2011 Dartmouth Book Award for Fiction. Her latest book is Death at Christy Burke’s.