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The World Around You and Using it in Fiction

One of the comments I frequently get is how people enjoy seeing local landmarks in my fiction. I live in a small village about twenty miles south of Buffalo, New York. Both the City of Buffalo and my town have been used to great extent in my books.

I wrote a scene last week in the upcoming Dead Land book where my protagonists flee the zombies and end up at the Buffalo Naval Park. It's a pretty cool place. They have a submarine, a cruiser, and a destroyer docked in the yard. You can take tours of the ships and learn about their history.

One of the ships, the U.S.S. Sullivans, is reported to be haunted. I never went on the Sullivans, but remember taking a field trip to visit the cruiser Little Rock.

I thought it would be a cool setting for the story and something out of the ordinary. You can check out the ships here

What local settings have you used in your fiction?

As a reader, what cool settings have you seen in your favorite books?

Dead Land Book Three - Zombie Trilogy Excerpt

I'm continuing to work on the third book in the Dead Land Trilogy. I don't have a title as of yet, but I thought I'd put up an excerpt. It's uncorrected proof, so it might be a little rough.

The Dead Land Trilogy, Book Three
Copyright 2013 Anthony Izzo

The soldier on Jonas' radio had called it a hot zone. The dead walking everywhere, the area near the old HSBC tower crawling with them. There were some units pinned down and had radioed Jonas to request assistance. Jonas had agreed to come immediately.  Chadwick heard yelling and gunfire on Jonas' mic. Jonas ordered their convoy to turn around and head for the tower. “You're not going in, are you? It's suicide.” “They need our help. That's what we're here for, Chadwick.” Jonas slowed the Humvee, brought it to a halt, and gave the order through his shirt mic for the column to turn around and head for the HSBC tower.  He swung the Humvee around. “At least get more men,” Chadwick said. “We don't have ma…