Quickie at the Airport

(Not that kind!) I’m on my way home from Vegas now. It was an awesome trip – lots of good times and memories, and got some much needed relaxation time. I read two new books – Veronica Roth’s Divergent and John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars. Loved the writing style in Divergent, and TFiOS…wow. I cried for half of my first flight because I was so into the book. So beautifully written and haunting. Read it, but make sure you have tissues. Lots of them. Also started reading Stephen King’s 11/22/63, and am enjoying that so far. One of the coolest parts of Vegas from the writing perspective was seeing some of the locations I used in THE IMMORTAL CODEX. Part of the book takes place in various locations on the Strip, between the Treasure Island hotel, Fashion Show mall, and a fictional club. While I was able to look up information on the Internet, it was SO cool to actually see it in person and picture the story playing out there. I was quite pleased to find out that something I claimed was in walking distance WAS in fact a reasonable walk. (I also discovered my description of driving through desert to get to McCarran Airport is NOT accurate.  It’s  practically on the Strip itself.) I also got the unparalleled experience of getting to see the Bellagio fountains at night. As with most of my perceptions of Vegas, I had only seen the fountains in the movies, particularly at the end of Ocean’s Eleven when the guys finish the heist and watched before walking away one at...

Unbreakable

Welcome to the humble beginnings of my site. I hope that as I work toward publication, this will eventually become a repository of information and extra fun stuff about my book. For now, I’ll kick it off with something that inspires me. I’ve been a musician since I was a kid; first tinkling along on an electric keyboard by ear, and eventually studying music more formally throughout my school years. Music has always evoked strong imagery for me; I associate songs with sequences of action or particular emotions. Now that I write regularly, music is a huge part of the process. I have a hard time writing if I don’t have any music. Sometimes I find that I have  to keep it low or listen to a single song repeatedly, otherwise my attention is constantly drawn to the new song or the lyrics I hadn’t noticed before. Each book that I’ve worked on (three as of this posting!) has its own soundtrack. For The Immortal Codex and its sequel, I created two separate playlists for each. One ‘soundtrack’ and one score, each with an eclectic mix of music. Here is one song that I listened to constantly while writing and editing The Immortal Codex. It’s Annika and Wendy’s unofficial theme song, although it’s sort of become mine as well as I’ve begun searching for publication. I hope you’ll enjoy it!...