Often when writing remote places, the location itself functions as a character. The writer must be as aware of its history, its character and its moods, as they are of their cast of more traditional characters. Mary-Lou Stephens (Last of the Apple Blossom), Robyn Mundy (Wildlight, The Nature of Ice) and Melissa Manning* (Smokehouse) give their settings the deep specificities required to bring them to life. The Huon, Kettering and the Arctic… How did these characters in their own right develop and how did these authors come to know them so intimately?
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