Why Seattle/Pacific Northwest?

As I’m writing this, I’ve just put the finishing touches on a new proposal and sent it off to my literary agent. No, it’s not a Dave and Sarah book, but there are zombies in it. Also, it’s set in the Pacific Northwest (in a fictional town called Edgewater, Oregon) just like MARRIED WITH ZOMBIES was set in the Pacific Northwest (in the non-fictional town of Seattle). Over the years, people have asked me why write zombie stories set in the Pacific Northwest so here is my answer.

One reason why I chose Seattle, specifically and the Pacific Northwest in general to set my stories is that I lived there. From 1996-2002, I lived in Seattle, Bellevue and Redmond, WA. I felt comfortable setting a book in the city since I’d lived there recently enough to be able to write it and not have to constantly be checking and double checking my research.

Another reason I picked the area is because it has such atmosphere. If you’ve never lived in the Pac-Northwest, let me tell you, there is fog, there are mountains and big trees, it’s super green and super urban, but there are also these strange, quiet pockets where you feel like maybe the world HAS come to an end until you see another jogger or hiker.

Plus, there’s the cool factor. Seattle was the birthplace of grunge. That alone gives it the highest of cool factors out there in my opinion.

Oh I’ll write books in other places. FLIP THIS ZOMBIE is set in Phoenix and EAT SLAY LOVE ends in my old home of Normal, IL. I also have a book set in one of my favorite cities, New York. But I’ll probably keep coming back to the Northwest. After all, home is home, no matter where you roam.

  • Oooooo, a new proposal! I suppose you won’t give us a hint? It is the holidays 🙂

    • Jesse Petersen

      Can’t tell unless it sells. 🙂 Or until I know I’m doing it myself. But I hope it sells…