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Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: Rough River Falls


Previously, I talked a little bit about how I selected the topic and story for Crossroads.  This time, I’d like to talk a little bit about the setting for the series.

When I started writing the first book, I just wanted to start writing.  I was too eager (and ignorant of the writing process) to do any world-building.  However, if you want your story to feel real, then you have to make the setting real.  I don’t mean that in a sense that the setting has to exist on the planet Earth, (obviously, hence science-fiction) but it needs to be believable.  The setting has to exist in the writer’s eye, so it can come to life in the reader’s mind.  Some writers build actual maps of the locations for their stories (if the places don’t already exist).  Others rely on a city grid taken straight from real life.  When I started Crossroads, I didn’t really plan on doing either.  All I knew was that I wanted it set in a real geographic location, so it would be tied with a tangible, physical place, but I also wanted to make it up as I went along to make it fit to the story.

I started with what I thought was a cool town name; Rough River Falls.  That originally started as White River Falls, but there is an actual White River in central Indiana, and that’s not where I wanted this story set.  I thought Rough River Falls sounded cool.  A quick Google search showed me that there is a Falls of Rough near the Rough River Dam in central Kentucky.  That was perfect!  A real geographic location that people could attach the story to, but there is no town of Rough River Falls, which means I still had the liberty to make it up as I pleased.  Or so I thought. Continue reading


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Kings of Chaos Behind the Scenes: the Story

I’ve shared this story quite a few times, but it’s always been in casual conversation, and I don’t think I’ve ever officially been on record with it.  So, I thought it might be worth sharing with all of you to offer some insight about why I chose to write about bikers and how we ended up here.

When I first decided that I wanted to try writing a book, bikers certainly weren’t my first choice.  I’m a huge zombie nerd and my plan was to write a zombie apocalypse story.  Unfortunately, that idea rapidly grew way out of control and developed into a trilogy before I ever even wrote the first sentence.  As a first time author, the thought of jumping straight into a series for my first project and all the complexities that comes along with that was simply too daunting and intimidating. Continue reading

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