I’ve started a lot of novels over the years. Some of them are about a person. Some of them are about an idea. Some of them are about a relationship. Some of them are about a place. Every novel has characters, ideas, relationships, and a setting. But one of them must rise above to become the primary “character” of the story.
For The Beast of Rose Valley, that question is answered right in the title. For all of the wonderful characters and situations that I have devised, the core element of it all is where the entire thing takes place.