Tom Perrota, author most recently of The Leftovers (which is about to become an HBO series), is a far better writer than me, but it would seem that he and I have something in common. When it comes to choosing the settings of his novels, Perrota tends to choose the locales that he is most familiar.
It's just laziness. This is what's right in front of me. I've chosen to live there. I've never been the kind of writer who goes off in search of a book.
I have often said that with all the stuff that I have to make up in order to write a novel, why would I spend time inventing a place when there are perfectly good places all around me?
As a result, all three of my novels are set within just a few miles of my home.
Is this laziness? Absolutely. But it turns out that Tom Perrota does this, too, and for essentially the same reason.
I feel like slightly less of a hack today.