Everything in the novel is based on real-life events or situations. It took about 3 years of research to learn enough about my subject and to tie all the pieces together (although not full time - we still have to make a living!). Below you will find some of the supporting documentation I used to create the concepts and the plot. They are organized by general category.
Blue Gold: The Fight to Stop the Corporate Theft of the World's Water by Maude Barlow and Tony Clarke
Austin is a hot town! The Continental Club on South Congress, Angelina Eberly, The Driskill Hotel, 6th Street Entertainment District, The Jackalope - all major landmarks in Austin and so much fun to write about.
The HoffBrau - Austin, TX
Hoffbrau Steaks in Austin is fantastic! A classic, throw-back - swimming in lemon butter! I went straight home in the middle of the day and slept for 3 hours after my lunch here! Delicious!
aquarena springs - san marcos, tx
The Texas River Center at Aquarena Springs in San Marcos, TX. The water in Spring Lake is crystal clear. I loved this place as a backdrop for Quinn's research.
Stubbs BBQ - Austin, TX
Stubbs BBQ smokes up delicious BBQ - awesome venue and a great public backdrop for a suspense scene. When I stood on the balcony overlooking the outside concert area, everything about that scene popped into place. I could feel what it would be like for Quinn to watch helplessly from above as the action unfolded within a throng of people.
Blanton Art Museum - Austin, TX
The Blanton Museum made an excellent backdrop for Quinn's possible paranoiac chase scene through its maze of art galleries. The scene was inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's 1966 film Torn Curtain, where there is a similar scene in a Russian museum, the clicking of the pursuer's and the pursue's shoes mimicking and thus accelerating the viewer's heartbeat. Stacked Waters, by Teresa, was inspiring. Tranquil and beautiful, the space really gives you the sense of being immersed in a giant pool, without the wetness. I really enjoyed this installation and thought it serendipitous that Austin's fine art museum would have such an appropriate installation.