Cara/Andrea here, We were recently chatting among ourselves about and somehow strayed off topic (as we are often wont to do!) and the question arose: What is the most exotic place in which we have ever set a story? As we all started thinking back through our books, we decided it would be a fun thing to share in our regular "Ask A Wench" feature. So sit back and get out your atlas as we do a little globetrotting!
Mary Jo: As a kid in school, I was always fascinated by the map rack hanging at one end of the blackboard. In particular, I'd wonder what was in the vast, empty expanses of Central Asia. So it's probably not surprising that I headed there for my first historical series, the Silk Trilogy.
The first book, Silk and Shadows, takes place in England, but Peregrine, the hero, is a wealthy, mysterious prince from somewhere in Asia. While researching his background, I came across the true story of an 1840s rescue mission to Bokhara in Uzbekistan, and was entranced. That story because the inspiration for Silk and Secrets, second in the trilogy. Which in turn led to Veils of Silk, which was set in India.