Hi! I can’t believe it’s been weeks since my last post. I’m feverishly working on a couple of projects and I became so focused on them, I didn’t notice the days slipping by. Many of you have stopped by to say hi. Thanks so much. It’s my goal this week to return the visits. Before I bury myself with work again, I want to share a behind the scenes look of my latest novel The Miracle Girl.
JJ Cavendish, the main character in The Miracle Girl, tells travel stories instead of sharing personal details in her life. She’s desperate to keep her past under wraps, but she’s often in the limelight, and her stories help keep up her façade of being in control.
One of the stories shared in the novel happens in Algiers, Louisiana, which is across the Mississippi River from New Orleans. I won’t tell you what JJ discusses. Instead, I want to share some photos from my own trip to Algiers many years ago. While writing this section of The Miracle Girl I studied my photos to keep my mind in the game, so to speak. One of the pictures is of William S. Burroughs’ house, the author of Junkie and many others. This was one of the most enjoyable aspects of this novel, reliving some of my own travels. Not all of the images in the photos below are described in the book, but these were the images rolling around in my head while hammering away on my laptop. This is a trick I do for most of my books. I either look at my personal collection of photos or images I find on the Internet. Visuals are essential for me.
Thanks so much for stopping by!