While many authors set their novels in real North Carolina towns and communities, others choose to take more creative license. From Abbotsville in the west to Killakeet Island on the coast, authors have placed their imaginary communities across the state. Some simply make up authentic-sounding names or use historic names for their fictional towns. In other cases an author will give their fictional setting the same name as a real community, but locate it in a different part of the state. So check twice if you think you’ve spotted Michael Grant Jaffe’s Bentleyville, Jill McCorkel’s Marshboro, or Jack Riggs’ Ellenton on a map, because the town or village described by the novelist exists only in the pages of fiction.
Check out the “Novels Set in Fictional Places” category in the far right sidebar or click here to see all the books in the blog that have imaginary North Carolina settings.