* Day 17 – In what time period is your novel set? Is it in this world or another?

Odalys is set in the present day, but Boulder Springs is such an isolated little fictional town that its development feels stifled. They are a very poor village, for example, so fancy technology is shunned in favor of the essentials. The local church still runs a great deal of it, with the mayor more so serving as a hand puppet. There are few schools and no universities. All of the buildings are also incredibly old and behind the times, most still made completely out of wood. People still dress very conservatively, even the adolescents, and anyone who breaks the mold is subtly encouraged to leave through a constant boycott of their family.

Suffice to say that it is also on planet Earth, yes. It isn’t a desirable town, but it is necessary for the story.