Is there anywhere I'd like to write about but haven't yet? Yeah - tons of places - some I don't even know about yet. (I mean lets be honest - I only have one book out - it'd be pretty sad if I said nope - I'm good.)
Only question I have is - what comes first the location or the story? Probably story for me and then once I'm figuring out where the story can go I kind see what I can work in. But sometimes it can be the other way around - in many ways thinking about location can be a great ice breaker for writers block.
Black Rain takes place mostly in the Amazon, with other action taking place in a snowed in Washington DC.
Funny thing is, when I was first writing it I kept checking the weather reports for D.C. and everything I found said "not a lot of snow there" I decided to bury them anyway - poetic license - and now look what happened.
So story first that time. But when I got around to beginning the second book I had to put the heroes in new places. And in trying to find them a few exotic locations to work from, a whole set of new ideas were sparked and a new villian was born.
In the Black Sun - the coming sequel - our heroes face off against a competitor from the hyper-kinetic, cutting edge technology meets brutaly Darwinesque, survival of the fittest world that is today's Hong Kong. The villian's quest and his actions were kind of modeled on that no-holds-barred city. Thus instead of a state operative, my new villian became a stop at nothing billionaire, one who's dying and desperate to find a way to prevent that small problem. Having come up from the streets and having done whatever it took to get off those streets, he has no other perspective - and in his fight for survival he's going to be pretty unmerciful to anyone who stands in his way. No-holds-barred - survival of the fittest
So it kind of flows back and ofrth - setting to story: story to setting.
Stictly speaking - I like writing about places that are hard to get to - not that you couldn't write an awesome book about the Woodrow Wilson rest stop on exit 7a of the New Jersey turnpike - a fine rest stop if ever there was one, you can get some good trucker food there by the way - but the secret halls of the NORAD command center, the famous Grotto at Hugh Hefner's place, or the wastes of the Gobi or Sahara Desert are the places I want to visit - and if I can't go there for real then I can do research and put them on paper.
Now - I am looking for a research assitant on that Grotto thing. Anyone interested? Buler? Anyone?
No takers? Alright, looks like I'm going to have to take care of this one myself. Oh the burden of this work - let me tell you.
Author of Black Rain