Destination WritingIt’s no secret. I love to travel. Maybe being a geo-teacher for National Geographic or loving cultures mixed with a healthy dose of science influenced the way I write stories. Because I have been blessed with the ability to see the world, I learned early on I needed to keep a journal in case I wanted to use the information down the road. The road that led to my current novel, Dark Side of Morning, was conceived about twenty years ago.
One of my favorite places is the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. My fascination with all things Native American led me there many times because of their remarkable collections. It was there I discovered display cases with traditional dressed Native Americans. One was a Pawnee near the outside of the blessed Pawnee earth lodge. I sat there and wondered if he could see me. Thus Dark Side of Morning took shape in my head. Every time I visited I took notes of the way the museum looked, smelled, sounded, etc. A year ago I decided it was time to write what was stomping around in my head. Research still needed to be done to bring a sense of realism to my words. But with time, energy and a great deal of coffee my characters formed.
I have many notebooks, packed full of experiences. Some are from going within an hour’s drive of my home and others are from across the world. The thing that is common with the information I collect involves more than an itinerary of events. I include the food I ate and how it tasted, smelled and how it affected me. I use my five senses to collect the world around me. One of the things I love to do is watch the news programming, especially in other countries. All those collections will make your story sound authentic and keep your reader engaged. Try a snippet of my latest book.
Dark Side of Morning
Dr. Cleopatra Sommers never came to terms with her father’s disappearance at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He had been a Native American scholar that explored avenues of unexplained spiritual paths in their cultures. The museum had been her home and playground growing up where her father spent long hours working. She was always drawn to one display case holding a mannequin of a Pawnee Indian. There was no way she could know he watched her all those years until the night he crossed over to find her.
Detective Jacque Marquette suspected the beautiful doctor of stealing priceless artifacts from a Native American exhibit. He realized after meeting his identical twin from another time and place, Dr. Sommers might not be as crazy as he initially thought. The layers of concern for his city begin to stack up as he is caught between culture and the Pentagon. Only with the help of a Pawnee warrior from two hundred years ago, can save his city from a deadly disease brought in from a parallel universe.
Wind Dancer had loved the little girl who grew up before him for years. When he decided to cross over to prevent his enemy from finding Dr. Sommers, the bombardment of changes forced him to rely on the ways of the past to survive. Navigating the future proves to be complicated as he teams up with a grumpy detective to hunt down a common enemy. No one expected the price to be sacrificing Dr. Sommers to the Morning Star in order to avert disaster.
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