Monthly Archives: August 2016

I Am Not an Architect

In the course of writing a book I often need to put myself into the heads of my characters. No surprise there. What continues to surprise me is how often I need to think like a landscape designer, architect, or interior designer in order to make certain that my characters have the environmental support (or obstacles) needed to fulfill the scene's goal.

Case in point. In my current manuscript I needed to figure out what an external staircase on a hotel would look like. I wanted part of the stairs to be visible, and part of the stairs to be hidden. The staircase is occupied by a couple of terrorists that the hero will ​need to take out.

I became obsessed with figuring out the configuration of this staircase. Finally, I downloaded a free trial of SketchUp, which is an architectural modeling program. As you'll see from the below screenshot, I am NOT an architect. I couldn't figure out how to get the staircase to wrap around instead of dead-ending into the walls, and didn't have the time to dive into the tutorials.

However, this diagram did give me the necessary layout so I could move beyond my block and continue writing the scene.

I think it's a pretty good thing that I gave up my brief goal of being an architect all those decades ago! LOL​ 

What do you think?​

Staircase model

WAR: Opposition Is Finally Here!

Book three in the WAR series, WAR: Opposition, is finally available. You can find the ebook at most major e-retailers. The print book is also available in a few locations.

As my newsletter subscribers already know, I didn't expect this book to be about Seth and Kirra. I thought it was going to be Dev's book. But then I realized that Dev needed to grow a bit emotionally before he'd be ready for his story. So Opposition turned into the story of his sister, Kirra, instead, with Dev being a secondary point-of-view character.

I had a lot of fun writing these characters and hope you'll fall as much in love with them as I did!

Check out the Opposition page on my website for an excerpt and a playlist of songs that remind me of Seth and Kirra.

My cover designer made me a teaser graphic. What do you think?​

WAR: Opposition teaser graphic