I recently moved to Houston and started reading Galveston by Nic Pizzolatto just because I like to read books that feature places where I've lived or been. When I lived in SoCal it was super easy to find good (and bad) books that had locales I was familiar with. Now that I'm in Houston, I want to find books that feature East Texas.
I have a couple questions for yall (See I'm already picking up the Texas vibe).
1. What locales do you like to read about?
2. Do you know any good books that feature East Texas or The Gulf Coast?
My old pal Harry Hunsicker wrote a terrific three-book series about a Dallas P.I. named Lee Henry Oswald. Is that East Texas? (If it's not, just call me geographically challenged.)
I like to read stories set where I've been or where I'd like to go.
For East Texas set books check out Joe Lansdale (who was born and raised and still resides there).
Definitely. I read (and write) about places where I have spent siginificant time. It's a grab bag, including Vienna, which John Irving and Larry Beinhart have used, Budapest, and Hawaii.
When it comes to Hawaii, I would love to find a crime writer who has been to islands other than Oahu. I have set some of my own stories in the rainforest of the island of Hawaii, aka the Big Island.
James Lee Burke has used Galveston in at least one short story.
I spent a little time across most of the islands of Hawaii, and the Big Island was by far my favourite - all those dark volcanic rocks which tourists used to provide a background for their names and messages written in bright white coral and stones. An awesome setting for any writing. Thanks for reminding me.
Yes, I love books about Texas. And, my young cousin (school teacher in Tyler, expecting first baby) just "highly recommended" this novel about East Texas. The author is Leila Meacham: