#IWSG: Right Here, Right Now

The first Wednesday of every month is officially Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. It’s an opportunity to talk about doubts and fears you have conquered. To discuss your struggles and triumphs and to offer a word of encouragement for others who are struggling.


July 6 question – If you could live in any book world, which one would you choose?

What an interesting question! I’ve sat at my desk ever since reading it, going on a mental journey through those books I love, and those whose worlds I’ve returned to over & over again.

I read a lot of works by Commonwealth authors – stories based in India and West Africa where I spent my childhood. The Harry Potter books get re-read (or re-listened to, as one of the few fiction audible adaptations I love is Stephen Fry reading these familiar tales). Jodi Taylor’s St Mary’s series are a fun romp where they all live together as if in some form of grown-up boarding school. Both are based in a boarding school type environment which is yet another experience I’ve lived. I read a small number of science fiction and fantasy and I enjoy the reading experience and find the world building quite amazing. But none of these are the book world I’d choose.

My choice would be London – current day London. I love our capital city and, although I spent a few years living in London in my early 20s, there was so much I missed out on – live music and theatre, more glorious parks than you can shake a stick at, a wide-range of neighbourhoods filled with cultural experiences a-plenty, the tourist sights, the places at the end of the tube lines, even the outlying districts where you have to catch a train and yet it’s not the suburbs. I can never have too much of the river and, now a photographer, I’d love to walk the streets with my camera and snap, snap, snap away. If I could afford to, I’d live in London again in a heartbeat.

As a result, I enjoy reading the Cormoran Strike books of Robert Galbraith (or J K Rowling as he’s better known) because Strike’s offices are right in the heart of Soho, and the majority of the action takes place in central London. I also love Ben Aaronovitch’s Rivers of London series because London – the city itself – is as central a character as the protagonist, Peter Grant. There are many other books based in London which I’ve enjoyed, but I choose these for their feel of current day London, which is primarily what draws me back whenever a new one is in the series is released.

Did you choose a fantasy, historical or contemporary world – I’m looking forward to finding out!

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© Debra Carey, 2022

Author: debscarey

Tweets @debsdespatches My personal blog is Debs Despatches, where I ramble on a variety of topics. I write fiction on co-hosted site Fiction Can Be Fun, where my #IWSG reflections can be found; and my Life Coaching business can be found on DebsCarey.com.

8 thoughts on “#IWSG: Right Here, Right Now”

    1. I dithered over the Harry Potter world Natalie, but my negative boarding school experiences messed with that option. I selected London as it’s unlikely I’ll get to live there again. My other half dreams of living in the middle of nowhere, so we’ve compromised on a small town in a rural area.

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  1. Many years back, I made plans to go on a trip to London, with a side excursion to Stratford-upon-Avon. I had to cancel those plans, unfortunately, and that’s something I still regret.

    I didn’t answer the optional question this month. Most likely, I’d pick some futuristic Sci-Fi world, but I’m not sure which one. In all my favorite books, some sort of cosmically bad thing seems to happen, and I wouldn’t really want to be caught in the middle of that.

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    1. James, I think that’s what puts me off the whole fantasy/sci-fi options too 🙂 London & Stratford-upon-Avon would make a fabulous visit – I do hope you get the opportunity again.

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  2. I probably wouldn’t want to live in London or any other big city, but I did enjoy my time in London when I went. I’d love to go back! There was so much I didn’t see. I didn’t even know about all the parks you mentioned.
    I think it’s pretty cool that you picked a place where you once lived.

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    1. Jenni, London’s parks are one of the best bits. There’s a number of large/famous parks, but there’s plenty across the whole greater London area – way more than I’ll every have a chance to visit. My favourite ones run alongside canals or some form of waterway.

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    1. Damyanti, as well as reading in a variety of genres, I’ve been fortunate having lived in some wonderful parts of the world and love that books can take me right back there in an instant. For example, I lived in Mumbai between the ages of 6-8 but wouldn’t have said I could remember much about it until I read ‘Midnights Children’ when so many memories flooded back. We’re very lucky to have so many wonderful book worlds to visit and escape into if needed.

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