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Alan Rain

Hi Philippa,

The tension in the child / parent relationship could be enhanced by creating a similar displacement in the setting.

For example, an ugly estate next to a historic castle, or by contrasting the conditions: a pretty village suffering some extreme weather, like flooding / gales.
Similarly, have poor people in an affluent area.
(For me, personally, I have no interest in reading about the wealthy/trendy types favoured by some novelists).

I used this strategy in my own novel where the supernatural occurs in bright, sunny weather on a bustling dockside.

If you’re doing description, perhaps focus on details as much as the whole?
Good luck.