Slaughter in the Village.

So, one thing I’m partial to is writing what I know. Before diving headfirst into novel writing, my go-to style was the personal essay. If I’m being totally honest, it’s because I like being right. When I write based on experience, I feel more confident that I’ll avoid conflict. It’s not foolproof, but generally speaking, it works.

For that reason, I decided to use places that I know for the main settings of Turning Point. It starts in Albion, Michigan, which is where I first attended college – Go Brits! It moves on to New York City by way of Ohio and Pennsylvania, and the locations I use along the way are completely fictional. At least, that’s the intent. Perhaps Mama Italy’s is real, and I suspect there’s a gas station in Newton Falls, Ohio, but those came straight from my brain.

On the other hand, there is a scene where the reader gets to see glimpses of my Lower Manhattan.

Drew, a young and terrible vampire (and by terrible, I mean, he’s not skilled at the whole drinking blood for food thing), runs through the streets and the landmarks used are places I know and have experienced. One such location is The Slaughtered Lamb Pub. Just as it sounds, it’s straight out of An American Werewolf in London. I always thought it was a little cheesy, but I loved walking near it whenever we went exploring in the Village. As you pass by, you catch a glimpse of a giant werewolf feasting on a gratuitously bosomed lady. The poor dear has been there, accepting her fate, for decades.

slaughtered lamb
K.M. Smith ©2018

Drew also finds himself disgusted by newfound vampire powers while people-watching in Washington Square Park.

Washington Pk 1
Photo Credit: Steve Smith date unknown (2003ish)

And, at one point, Leo and Jake plan a simultaneous attack in Battery Park (that’s the featured image at the top).

Those are the major stopping points on the Turning Point Lower Manhattan tour.

Check it out and see for yourself.

 

 

Meet Adam.

Being the sole vampire in the small college town of Albion, Michigan means Adam never goes hungry. It also means the residents are safe – for the most part. Dead humans tend to scare away living humans, and that’s no good for Adam.

Self-control, manipulation, and demanding the will of others to bend toward his desires, Adam plays a precarious game with the lives of those he encounters.

If you let him win, maybe he’ll let you live.

Adam Beckons Blondie

Download Turning Point on Kindle now to see who lives and who doesn’t.

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