I didn’t have a map for my first novel, Espionage. Most of the novel took place in Calais, France, so hopefully it didn’t need one. But when two test readers for my next book suggested I include maps (note: one of those test readers has an advanced degree in military history and the other has a degree in geography), it encouraged me to look into it.
I met my mapmaker, Briana Shawcroft, at a book club meeting I was invited to in southern Colorado. She helped me narrow down concepts and patiently worked with me to get exactly what I wanted. This is what she created:
Those are nice. I like maps when a story takes characters through places I’m unfamiliar with…and these maps and nice and clear (not too busy).
Thanks Char! We tried to keep them from being too busy, so I’m glad we succeeded!