By Kim Briggs
- I thought about starting Starr Fall in Pennsylvania, but the travel time to Christian’s granpappy’s cabin was too fast. Christian and Starr could be there in a day, and I wanted them to spend at least one night in a cheesy motel, so I moved the start point to Webster, New York.
- They ended up spending a second night at a different motel because Starr went running in the town her grandparents lived. By the time she found her way out of the tunnels and Christian picked her up, it was too late to go to the cabin.
- The Chamberlain Estate is in Virginia, but I based the building and the property on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville, North Carolina was too close to the Qualla Boundary and Christian’s granpappy’s cabin for some future events that happen in Starr Lost and Starr Gone.
- Many old estates contain old tunnels, secret passages, multiple floors with complicated stairwells, as well as sub-basements. It’s quite possible to live in an estate and never know every secret the property possesses.
- Dude Ranch and stables will rent horses to interested parties and leave them at a prearranged designated location.
- The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians do not live on a reservation. In the 1800s, tribal members purchased the land. The Qualla Boundary is kept in trust by the federal government.
- A new hospital was built following the completion of the first draft of Starr Fall. Because I liked the turns and landmarks including Paul’s Restaurant, the KFC, and a few other twists and turns, I kept the hospital at its original location.
- Cell service continues to be very poor in the mountains. When Starr discovers Christian’s laptop in the barn, she’s surprised she can’t get a signal. In Webster, NY cell service and wifi is available without interruption or with the easy acceptance of wifi terms. In the Blue Ridge mountains, signals get lost, and you deal with it.
- Because of Inkspell’s manuscript guidelines, I had to cut 25,000 words before I submitted it. The beginning of Starr Lost is actually the ending of Starr Fall. Instead of ending with the kissing scene at the waterfall, the original version ended with Di and Frank getting chased by the Organization. The encounter provides an up close look at just how determined and far reaching the Organization is—pick up Starr Lost to get answers to your questions.
- The cast of characters came to me fully formed. Di was always a Goth with thick eyeliner and black boots. Starr was always an overachiever turned runaway to-be assassin. Christian was always a part Cherokee goth. The first version was written in the 3rd person past tense and stood up to the aptly titled Vomit Draft.
- Starr Lost, Book Two of the Starr Fall series, becomes a dual narrative with Di adding extra spice. Starr Lost and Starr Gone begin and end with nonstop action. There’s still kissing, but the Organization is about to smash through the door and the very foundation of the team will be tested.
Thanks for blasting through the fun facts with me!