As a writer, I like to let serendipity guide me sometimes, through plot points and character development … and this weekend, a bit of research fell into my life the same way.
I was in Tiburon Saturday–one of Marin County’s most beautiful towns–visiting my brilliant and wonderful agent. And it just so happens that Tiburon was hosting a one day Classic Auto festival at the same time.
Now, I love classic cars–you know, when American cars were truly special, built to last, and featured rumble seats or (a bit later) some truly amazing fin work.
These cars are wonders of engineering, and at the Tiburon show, many were lovingly restored or sported full ownership histories posted on the window.
An event like this gives me the chance to really develop a feel for a period car model–a tremendous research opportunity for my 1940 series …
I’m not in Tiburon very often, but last year, when I was writing CITY OF DRAGONS, I happened to stumble in to Tiburon on another warm day. And–you guessed it–they were hosting the very same car show. The odds of me being in Tiburon on the day they host a day-long annual car show–twice, in consecutive years–well, that’s just serendipity for you.
Of course, inspiration struck. I’ll be starting the sequel to CITY OF DRAGONS very soon, and it was both lucky and wonderful, lighting upon the chance to see
a glorious 1940 Packard Station Wagon (Wood Sides)
BTW, we launched Criminal Minds, our group blog and virtual panel, last week–and traffic has been brisk! Come by and comment in the month of June, and you could win a $50 Independent Mystery Booksellers Association member gift certificate, a $50 Barnes and Noble, and signed copies of our books! I post on Thursdays.
Back soon, with photos of San Juan Bautista … and a talk about Vertigo.