I've completed a full outline along with a chapter-by-chapter breakdown of the structure- I also couldn’t help myself and have even written a few pages of the first chapter!
This book will be very different than anything from The Final Book series- much more tangible. No science fiction, no mythology, no philosophy. It’s a love story- even sappy at times. It will have deepr undertones and attempt to tackle modern societal issues and family struggles (maybe not so different from The Final Book, haha), but do it in a way that the reader will experience through the main characters. It’s a drama but the majority of the book should read as a fluff romance piece- with one major, drastic turn of events grounding it into reality.
The goal for the book is to be an easy and quick read, still falling into the “novel” category but on the light side. It’s a character piece- it hinges around the reader relating and caring about these people, but it's also positioned to move quick. Music and pop culutre is a central to the plot- I'm even planning on titling chapters after songs that represent what's happening in the story (my own way of creating a soundtrack, haha).
The story is based in Southern California- between LA, out to Joshua Tree, and beyond to the Colorado River Indian Reservation. The main character is Native American, but that’s not what the story is “about.” Earlier this week, I drove around in the California desert and visited the Colorado River Indian Tribes. It was great to see the area first hand- hopefully that will add realism to the story.
I snapped this photo a few miles outside of the Reservation at an abandoned building along some train tracks. Looks like the perfect place for some really bad stuff to go down… Read the story to find out what!