So all of the Noah books take place in San Diego. I was raised there and when I step off a plane there at Lindbergh Field, it still feels like home. I wrote KILLER SWELL when I lived in Colorado and setting a book in San Diego was really a way for me to close my eyes and stay warm during the winter months. It was easy to write about a place that I knew so well and had great affection for. I also knew I could write about it and get the feel of the area across to the reader.
WICKED BREAK takes place there, as does LIQUID SMOKE. Nothing in the story arcs necessitated me having to move the story.
The fourth book is a different story, though. The events that take place in LS require me to move the setting to a new locale. (This is me subtly spurring interest and forcing you to say to yourself “But WHAT events??? I MUST KNOW!!! I BETTER BUY LIQUID SMOKE!!!) I had originally settled on an international locale, but I never was fully convinced I could sell it to readers. I didn’t think I could write about it in a realistic way and that worried me. So I knew I needed to reconsider.
And now I’ve found my new location.
For the last few days, I’ve worked on the book. From right here:
I’m not exactly sure of all of the details of the story yet. I don’t outline. It just sort of shows up in my head. And I don’t have a title.
But I’ve found my location.