As I am sure you know Leo lives in a tiny flat on Cat Hill in East Barnet. I know this flat intimately because it's mine - at least it remains so for another sixteen days until I move out. I have been on Cat Hill for three years and last November when I was looking for a fictional home for Leo it seemed the easiest thing to make mine her's - it saved on imagining a fictional place. This is something I have done with almost all the settings in PI - they are all real and if you wanted to, you could do a little PI tour of Barnet and Cockfosters.
I chose my flat as the setting because I wrote PI1 for Nanowrimo last November; I was writing quickly and wanted to make my life as easy as possible in those thirty days. There are aspects of my life in Leo's (although not all) and much of her background mirrors my own.
|Trevor's culvert in the car park|
It is a tiny flat and would be very crowded with all the strange visitors and family Leo has descend on her, so as I move it may also be time for Leo to move on. I guess I'll just have to see how attached to the flat Leo is and whether I can make her part with it. She has some money coming her way so it would be possible for her to move on - I just can't imagine her being anywhere without Bob across the hallway and that might be enough to make her stay as I move on.