I told Facebook followers last week that I am participating in a Short Story Challenge.
When I write, I like to write about what I know. You’ll (probably) never see me write a detailed and biologically accurate medical drama or a sci-fi novel about absolute reality versus perceived reality (case in point – I struggled with whether to call it “objective reality” or “absolute reality” and started going down a rabbit hole of philosophy sites. I’m definitely not ready to write about any of that).
That said, I am ready to write about places I know. I’ve traveled to and lived in several cities and countries, many of which have left their mark on me. One way to honor those places and their meaning is to incorporate them into my writing. In my opinion. writing from the heart makes one’s writing feel warmer and more authentic – even when the topic is vampires.
Thus, Turning Point is set in places I know and have experienced.
Here are some photographic highlights of prominent story locations:
The book is mainly set on the campus of Albion College in (not surprisingly) Albion, Michigan. I attended Albion College for two years after I graduated from high school. I met some of my closest friends there, and it has always held a strong place in my heart.
Various scenes also take place in Manhattan:
Both of those particular locations feature in my novel. They hold significance for me because the NYU area and West 4th Street were old haunts of ours when we lived in Manhattan. Steve and I would often wander down there on a weekend afternoon or head down that way for a night out. The nostalgia is strong…
So, there you have it. A glimpse into where some of my ideas come from.
*The photos are from my personal collection. Taken by me and Steve (and maybe Sven).
My friend Jessica posted this image on Facebook when she started reading my book the other day.
I love the starkness of it. I hadn’t seen it in those colors before (normally, there are black letters on a white background). When I scrolled and saw her post, my breath caught and I felt little butterflies in my stomach. It was a cool feeling. Thank you, Jessica!
And, every time I see it I hear the Law and Order Sound in my head.
If you’re curious to know what happens in Autumn, 1994 you can buy Turning Point on amazon, and if you have Kindle Unlimited, you can download it for free to your library!
Audio credit: Orange Free Sounds
Allowed under the creative commons license.
I Did It.
I said I would. And I did.
I uploaded the ebook version of my novel, Turning Point, to Amazon.com tonight.
It’s not available yet but will be soon…watch this space!
Thank you again to my friends and family for supporting me in this journey. It’s been a lonnnnnng time comin’.
Okay. It’s time for something juicy. A little exciting. A bit…revealing.
I’d like to brag a bit about my graphic designer. Her name is Sondra Fowler and you can find and follow her on Facebook at DotandSondra and DigitalDoodles.
Sondra has a BFA in Graphic Design and is as comfortable working in ink as she is in pixels. She moved to 98.5% start-to-finish digital work from scanned in ink six years ago when she moved to a Wacom Cintiq. She’s done everything from CD cover and label design and book covers to logo work and T-shirt design. She is currently working in 2D animation for a personal project and she is always open to new clients and new design/art experiences.
And, she’s amazing.
Sondra and I collaborated over several weeks – she even helped me get more comfortable in the 21st century by introducing me to Google Drive and video chats – to get just the right feel. She tweaked it when I asked her to tweak it, and she created several iterations until the cover felt just right. She even created a Facebook banner for me.
If you’re looking for someone to help your book look amazing, or for any other graphic design work, I highly recommend Sondra.
Have I kept you waiting long enough?
Okay…here it is. My cover, by Sondra Fowler.
Pretty snazzy, right?
Comment here or on Facebook to let me know what you think!