*Using real places as the setting for my fiction not only adds depth but when I’ve hit a block, looking at photos or reading about that place serves as a starting point and works to jump start my own creativity. But actually choosing those particular settings can also be time consuming and tedious. The Koln building and Rheinpark represent some really significant moments in the story revolving around Bryn and Roman’s supernatural connection. In Rheinpark they forgive and fall in love all over again and at the top of the Koln building they find out how powerful that love and connection actually is. Choosing the right setting for these moments was really important and even though I’m writing books and not recording things on film it was crucial to design certain scenes with the visual components of the setting in mind. At a certain point I do begin to think of these scenes as being part of a film and I usually choose the settings that match the context of the scene both aesthetically and emotionally.
*Roman and Bryn’s conversation at the top of the Koln building is one of the most significant scenes in the entire series. It’s epic and romantic and full of foreshadowing. It also creates this false sense of security, although brief, by distracting from the fact that all this power Bryn and Roman have is obviously meant to serve a purpose. This is one scene that actually didn’t change much during revisions. I keep a notepad on my phone where I write down lines of description and dialogue–most of which come to me as I’m trying to fall asleep. Sometimes those snippets are for specific characters or specific stories but sometimes they’re not. While writing the first book I ended up with a lot of great lines that I knew I wanted to mirror in other parts of the story so I was able to fill my notepad with a lot of lines specific to the TGIB series. Roman’s internal dialogue was the easiest to write, mostly because for whatever reason I relate more to Roman, so everything I’d saved–everything Roman felt and wanted to say to Bryn–fit so seamlessly into this moment and the chapter practically wrote itself.
*I really like this moment in the story. Bryn and Dani are opposites in a lot of ways but they never openly point out those differences or bring up the things they don’t like (or fear) about each other. And they never talk about Bryn being sick and the fact that Dani’s not–something that obviously affects their relationship but would cause even more of a strain if Bryn admitted she was jealous of Dani’s health or if Dani admitted that she’s afraid of being sick too. But then she does. In her panic Dani reveals the truth–that it’s her biggest fear to be like Bryn. And Bryn realizes something too–that it was her biggest hope not to be alone.
*Roman has a real moment of clarity in the scene where the Rogues come across the destroyed Koln building. During the first half of the series Roman has this idealized version of Bryn as some kind of savior. She brought him back to life and as Roman still deals with his own demons and *sometimes* secret desire to end his life she gives him a reason to keep living. But in order for their love to be real, I mean really real, they have to see each other for what they really are. The truth is that neither one of them are perfect and both of them are dangerous. Roman sees the consequences of Bryn’s power for the first time and for the first time he’s afraid. As he should be.
*Ticking time bomb # 2-the Dreamers’ injuries carrying over into the real world.
*Totally saw Felix’s guy-crush on Roman from a mile away and I love it.
*AND…why not throw some time travel in there, while we’re at it #genrebendinghardcore