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.

MCA Day.

Happy MCA Day dear readers. I know there’s another really famous day people are celebrating today, but I’ve seen some animosity online about it (I guess we’re all getting a bit touchy) so I’m choosing to celebrate a different special day this year. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, MCA (Adam Yauch) from the Beastie Boys died (far too young) on May 4th, 2012.

Continue reading “MCA Day.”

Indie.

Thank you, dear readers, for all you do to support my indie author endeavor. I started writing Turning Point a little over five years ago. I took several really long breaks and I rewrote and edited the hell out of it for a good year and a half. Continue reading “Indie.”

My First.

The first vampire novel I remember reading was a pretty obvious choice, at least for my generation: Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice. I was twenty-something, living in Chicago and Anne Rice’s words and imagery were exactly the elixirs I needed and didn’t even know I’d been looking for my whole life.

Continue reading “My First.”

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