I am used to writing fantasy/dystopian fiction but am trying out writing a crime novel, set in real time/real world. I was wondering how you pick a setting for your novel? I am from Canada, and know that any Canadian setting would not be as widely accessible as something set in the US, but the only area of the US I really have any knowledge of is Western New York/ Buffalo as it is close to where I grew up. I need a University and a town about 3 hours from that University. I was thinking of picking a school and then just making a nondescript town near by or making up my own town name in that state. Would something like that work?