What prompted you to use the setting and time period for your latest book or series?
Fact one: I’m
Fact two: I’m not a research guy.
Combining facts one and two yields the following axiom:
When given the choice, I’ll take the easiest option and, more specifically, the one requiring the minimum amount of research.
Therefore, my books take place in the current day, and the settings I choose are places I’ve lived or visited.
DIAMONDS FOR THE DEAD takes place in Reston, VA (where I live).
The LAST LAFF mysteries take place in Northern VA (where I live).
FIRST TIME KILLER and RIDE-ALONG also take place in Northern VA (see a pattern here?)
RUNNING FROM THE PAST takes place in Sandbridge, VA, and near Charlottesville, VA, both places I’ve spent some time.
In my opinion, writing a book is hard enough. No need to make it harder!