Continuing on with my list-making!
Here are Ten Things You Probably Don’t Know about PAPERQUAKE:
1. I read an article about triplets who were born on different dates. The first was born prematurely, and the other two stayed in the womb another month or more. That a kid could be part of a triplet set yet still feel ‘other’ interested me and sparked the creation of Violet, Jasmine and Rose Jackstone.
2. I always wished I were a twin or triplet. Or a quadruplet!
3. Violet and her sisters were 12 years old in my first draft of the book, then 17 in another draft and heading off to college . . . then finally 14 in the finished novel.
4. There was once a subplot about how Violet helped build houses with Habitat for Humanity, one of my favorite charities…
5. Violet is named after my mother-in-law.
6. PAPERQUAKE took ages to write. I painted myself into a corner by making so many mysterious things happen–without having any idea where they were leading! This is the book that taught me the wisdom of making an outline and figuring out an ending for the story before starting to write it. Helps with keeping sane…
7. I didn’t want to move to California because of my fear of earthquakes. And then not long after we arrived, the 1989 Loma Prieta quake struck–registering 7.1 on the Richter Scale. VERY SCARY INDEED! At first I was relieved, thinking we’d survived ‘The Big One,’ but we later learned that was NOT the Big One. So… we wait, I guess.
8. My first visit to the earthquake ‘shake table’ exhibit at the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco was on a field trip with my son’s class. I found it so intriguing, I knew I must set a scene of my book in that museum.
9. My own personal favorite scene in PAPERQUAKE is when Violet claims the attic for her bedroom and convinces her parents that she should have it.
10. Abby Chandler from PALE PHOENIX makes another guest appearance in PAPERQUAKE. Did you find her??