Though every story is different, in this case, the first step was to decide the setting. We immediately knew we wanted to set the story in our Pandora Project universe. We’ve been hard at work revising the second novel in the series, Parallax, and the details of the world are fresh in our minds.
We’ve written other short stories in the same world, so we knew right away we didn’t want to set the story on the Auriga and Pandora. Instead, we’re going to set the story outside the Pandora Project proper, on another spacecraft, a small space station, or one of the colonies.
Each of those has its own pros and cons. Both a space station and a spacecraft can enforce proximity with their enclosed spaces, limited area and crew. On the other hand, only certain types of storylines can survive in those places. A colony has more flexibility, but also adds a layer of safety—this is an established community, with resources—that may or may not work depending on the storyline we choose.
So in the end we haven’t settled on an exact setting, but we have decided on the overall world…and as soon as we’ve got the external plot nailed down, the final decisions about the setting will be a breeze…
Anah Crow and Dianne Fox write sci-fi, paranormal, and contemporary queer romance for Carina Press, Samhain Publishing, and Amber Allure. They’ve been writing together for more than 10 years. You can find them on the web at anahcrowdiannefox.com and on Twitter at @anahcrow and @diannefox.