Anonymous asked: Hi Beth, I just finished Rolling Dice and I loved it! How did you decide to set your books in America? Do you have any advice for writers who want to set their books in the US but don't actually live there? (Aside from hopping on a plane and going on holiday there, which is kind of expensive haha!)
The main reason I decided to set The Kissing Booth in America was because here in the UK, we donn’t have kissing booths - it’s an American concept. So, TKB was set in America, and when that became hugely popular (including with Americans) I decided to set my other books there, too. That way, I don’t have to try and explain the British school system and what things like ‘crisps’ and ‘chips” and ‘sofas’ are, you know?
With American TV shows and movies and books, people all over the world are familiar with American culture. We know (at least roughly) how their schooling system works and that they say ‘pants’ for trousers and ‘candy’ for sweets, etc.
Ass for advice for writers who want to set their book in the States but don’t live there, the best thing I can suggest is to do what I’ve done: watch movies and TV shows set in America (particularly in the same setting as your book will be - in a high school, for instance); and read books similar to your genre sett in America. Another thing is to make use of the internet - read up on things you aren’t sure about. If you want to mention a brand name for instance, search on the Walmart website or other American retailers to find brands of toothpaste, clothes, peanut butter, and so on. It might sound silly, but it will make your story all the more authentic if you throw in a few brands!
I hope that’s helped :) let me know if there’s anything else xo