For me, there is nothing like a road trip. Jetting off to faraway places is not my cup of tea, never has been. I prefer terra firma, and seeing everything there is to see along the way.
Don’t get me wrong. The views from up in the air can be pretty amazing. But you can’t really pull over and investigate if you see something interesting, now, can you?
And I prefer out-of-the-way places, not major cities.
In other words…give me wide open spaces! Because you never know what you will find out there, where there is supposedly nothing.
In this case, it was an abandoned resort up in Canada, situated next to a huge, peaceful lake. I wish there’d been more identifying information. I tried to find something about it on the Internet, without a lick of success. (My BF and I saw another abandoned resort on that same trip and at least found other people’s pictures of it, and its name. But for this one, not a thing. Just adds to the mystery, right?)
Looked like a really nice setup, back when it was alive, anyway. Eight rooms in one single-story building, some other common building overlooking the lake, and some other building (Café? Storage? Not sure. Not about to trespass to find out.)
So. A cool little place. In the middle of nowhere. Set on a lake. But abandoned and aging. Just the thing to set off my weird little imagination. Who stayed there when it was operational? What was their story? What stories could the walls tell? I knew right away this place had the potential to make an appearance in my fiction. Just a matter of when and where.
Different stories start with different seeds. For another of my novellas, Skinshift, it was the animal skulls we found in an abandoned campsite on another road trip. For Ash and Bone, it was a noir-ish mental image I had of a waterfront at night. And so on. My stories aren’t always inspired by an irresistible setting. But some are. Like Moon Over Ruin.
The Quarry Resort is a fictionalized version of this abandoned resort. Peter Watson takes a solo road trip to escape a very painful loss. Or so he thinks. Then he winds up at the Quarry Resort, alone, at night. And he gets more than he bargained for. Way more.
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Pleasant dreams…or not…
I have a new posting up at Shelf Pleasure, discussing how I see the bright side–and the dark side–of technologies, and how that informs my writing. Take a look!
There are two aspects to the technology in THE GENESIS CODE. One is the Information Technology aspect, with the trading system and performance monitoring. That sort of thing already exists, and has for some time.
But the chip implant. I made that up. As I’ve mentioned in other forums, THE GENESIS CODE originated with a short story I wrote in 2000-2001 called 24 X 7. It’s never been published, but it contained the original concept for this implant. I completed the manuscript for THE GENESIS CODE in 2006. Since that time, I’ve seen the occasional story here and there about similar technology or technology that might some day lead to it–often in the context of military applications or pure brain research.
Just the other day, there was a news story that scientists have successfully implanted a memory in a mouse’s brain. They used light pulses rather than an implanted chip, but still…pretty scary when you think about it, eh?
I enjoy making up technology entirely when I can in my fiction. I also enjoy looking at tech trends to get an idea for something–and then taking it beyond where the technology is today to create a world or a situation where the technology has fully developed–for good and for not-so-good. Developments occur at such a rapid pace these days, the fodder is there for the taking.
In my second novel, THE JANUS LEGACY, I do exactly this. Current technology enables scientists to create certain parts of organs today from stem cells, for example. What if this were perfected and taken to an extreme? What good could it bring to the world?
And what might be the dangers it could bring as well? This is exactly what THE JANUS LEGACY explores in a thriller novel setting.
It’s a little scary to me that the idea I had for THE GENESIS CODE is happening now. Might the same thing happen with my central technology in THE JANUS LEGACY?
THE GENESIS CODE was released a tad more than 3 weeks ago. It’s getting some great reviews over on Goodreads, as well as on Amazon and Shelfari. If I could summarize the reviews and comments, it would be this way: the book is a real page-turner, people can’t put it down. The characters are three-dimensional, and they want to see more from me.
Can’t ask for much more than that! I’m hoping folks who enjoy it are also telling their friends. Word of mouth is very helpful, especially for a debut author out there competing with the Clancys/Crichtons/Cooks/other established thriller writers with massive backlists.
Thanks, everyone, for your support!
In all the excitement, I’ve somehow managed to neglect to post here, though I’ve been busy as can be on Facebook. THE GENESIS CODE officially released into the world on Thursday, May 2, 2013. While every writer dreams of getting that first novel published, the reality is a whole new experience. It is absolutely surreal to see my book, my bio, my work out there on Amazon! It was even more surreal to see it ranked higher in sales than some Tom Clancy books for a brief shining moment (I’m sure due to the initial “surge” of sales from the delivery to the DarkFuse Book Club folks right at the release, but still!).
So now I’m working to make sure the word gets out that THE GENESIS CODE is out there. My fingers are firmly crossed for the manuscripts I have submitted (Novel 2, aka THE JANUS LEGACY, and the Novella that Resisted Naming for So Long, aka DARK CROSSROADS).
I can’t believe it. May is almost here, and with it will come THE GENESIS CODE. It’s almost surreal to think about it, that in only a couple of weeks my first novel will be out there for the world to see. I’m crossing fingers and hoping for a very successful launch…stay tuned for appearances and things like that.