What Inspired the Setting of Please Don’t Leave Me Here by Tania Chandler

Killing Time

Tania Chandler is a Melbourne-based writer and editor. She studied professional writing and editing at RMIT, and her work was awarded a special commendation in the 2013 Writers Victoria Crime Writing competition. In this guest post, Tania talks about the setting for her first novel, Please Don’t Leave Me Here.

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I didn’t consciously try to evoke a strong sense of place in Please Don’t Leave Me Here. I just wrote about places I knew well.

Please Don’t Leave Me Here is set in inner city Melbourne (mostly the suburbs of Fitzroy and Carlton) where I lived for much of my life. Back in the early 90s, that area was pretty grungy in parts so it suited the mood of the book — a painful tale of murder, love and despair.

I was inspired by many iconic Melbourne places.

I drafted Sam’s funeral while sitting on a pew…

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