It’s week 5 of the 6-week countdown! Storm is in the final stages of production and I’m feeling the excitement! This week I want to share some fun inspirations and an adventure that helped bring Storm to life.
In 2010, I flew out to Grass Valley, California to do geographical research for my novel. I didn’t realize that I would end up walking in the footsteps of my characters. The trip was a magical experience that brought the world of Storm to a whole new level.
As I tripped around the beautiful mountain town, I made sure to stop at all of the story’s hot spots and soak in the essence of the settings. I was a bit spooked to find that a lot of the details that I had already written about existed in real life – things that I couldn’t have possibly known about – like a slab of concrete in the middle of a grassy field – who knew?
The high school, cemetery, historic downtown, skate park and Marshall’s Pasties were some of my favorite places. I even stopped at a garage sale where I picked up trinkets that reminded me of Storm. The photograph above shows a few props that I’ve collected.
The best props by far were ones I discovered spontaneously whilst walking through the town. I found a trampled piece of homework and chewed up pencil near the high school… items of Storm’s, perhaps? I also gathered a bag of fallen leaves and earth from a park for a keepsake.
These trinkets and photographs are a constant inspiration and reminder of my journey. The research trip was everything I could have ever hoped for and more. It revealed a depth and dimension to my story that I never would have discovered otherwise. 🙂
Storm is scheduled for print release on December 14th, 2012 by DreamFusion Press, LLC, but you can pre-order autographed copies today.
The winner of last week’s giveaway is…
Diana! Congratulations, Diana! You have won a hot-off-the-press autographed copy of Storm!
There are 2 more copies up for grabs! Each week, I will post an activity, puzzle or question related to Storm and all participants will have a chance to win a copy of Storm – just for participating! I will randomly select a winner from the participants of each post, per week to win 1 autographed copy of Storm (6 books in total will be given away). Countdown and giveaway ends on December 14th, 2012. Limit 2 books per person.
Here’s this week’s giveaway question:
If you could go anywhere in the world to research a book, where would you go? How might the location influence your writing? What would you see, hear and feel in this place? Tell me about your imaginary adventure for a chance to win a copy of Storm!
Check back next week for a playlist inspired by Storm!