What Is A Travel Fiction? What Is Love Boxes About?
What Is A Travel Fiction? I once heard it defined as a story where the place is as important as the main characters. How true this came to me the day I considered giving fictitious names to real locations. I couldn’t do it. My travelers counted on the businesses and services in each town to survive. Soon it became clear, that each spot on the map was a unique stage, and what happened there, could happen nowhere else.
Love Boxes is faction, a portmanteau of ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ that blends with the techniques of fictional storytelling. An example of this is Alex Haley’s novel “Roots: The Saga of an American Family.”
Those of you who are familiar with the genre of historical fiction will recognize Love Boxes contain many of its characteristics––if something did not actually happen––it could have. And that is rule I have tried to abide by. Time periods and historical facts, run true. Apart from entertainers and public figures, no real names of living people are used without prior consent.
I hope you’ll break open my pile of Love Boxes and be surprised––let it take you on a pleasant trip down memory-lane––inspire you to visit Northern Michigan. May all your postcards read:
“Having a great time, wish you were here!”
© Copyright Gigi Galt 2013
Cover Photo Courtesy: Bobak Ha’eri