It has been a lot of fun brainstorming ideas for this new book. I still haven’t been able to reach anyone in the highway division maintenance department to talk about the job of picking up dead animals, as my character Thomas does. But it will happen soon. I have him working on a project car in his garage, so I needed to decide what car it should be. I settled on a 1963 Studebaker Avanti. It’s an appropriately odd but classy car. I knew someone with a replica a few years ago. But I want the character to have an original.
One of the real-life stories that inspired this book revolves around a person who has 7 siblings, whose mother had 8 siblings, and whose father had 9. It would be a daunting task for a reader to keep track of all those people. So I’ve simplified the character’s family a bit. Still, I have to create a chart to lists the unique descriptions for each character. If I could draw them out I would.