Map of the Range – not in the book.
When I first started writing The Range I had an image in my head of what the place actually looked like. I knew where my characters were going when I wrote each scene, which path they were on, where each building was located and so on.
Over time I realised I’d been resisting the urge to scratch an itch.
I took a day to craft a map of the Range so I could pin it on the wall above the screen. It made it feel real, like I was writing about a real place. In truth it is indeed a real place, well, the location is, and a single building that already exists on the North Norfolk coast.
Over time I adjusted the map, added features like trees and changed the fonts, tweaking little bits to make it look hand-made.
I didn’t include it in the book because I wanted readers to use their imagination. Personally, there are times when I want to see a map in a book, and other times when I find them infuriating because I come out of the story, flick to the front, check a location and then return to the story.
Maybe this one differs from what you pictured (or will when you read it) but I’m glad I shared it with you.