It’s only now, in doing research for Samantha’s third adventure, that I’ve come across the concept of multilocation: an idea, shared by many religions (and some revolutionary socialist movements), that a person can be in more than one place at once. Physically. Literally.
As neither siddhi nor saint nor soviet, I don’t expect to experience the phenomenon myself. But the feeling is a familiar one, especially in recent weeks. Promoting Labyrinth puts me right back in the dry, steep mountains of northern Peru. Final touches on Warrior Queen send me back to the damp bleakness of Cambridgeshire’s fens. And as I write book number three, I immerse myself once more in the dazzling archaeology and vibrant culture of yet another place I love – but can barely begin to hint at (above).
This helps. Each locale gives a boost to the others. Having all three locations so clearly in mind draws out their differences and highlights even more what makes them special, and what should be brought out.