Los Angeles is a great collection of neighborhoods, not really a city even if classified as one, at least not in the same sense New York is. We have a downtown area but the strength of the place lies in its suburbia — a great many communities.
This is the place I’ve called home for the past twenty-three years — the city of open ideas, some crazy ideas, LOTS of opinions, different cultures and languages, beaches and mountains and valleys, colorful flora and interesting views.
If I lived anywhere else, I’d find it easy to hate Los Angeles given its portrayal of Holywwod-ness and laid-back-ness, which, of course, is not what Los Angeles is about.
How This Pertains to the Story
As we were finishing the edits for Stranger or Friend, my copy editor asked if I’m working on the next Zoe Sinclair book? An interesting question because I was working on something else.
However, I had cut a couple of chapters from Stranger or Friend, which the editor’s question brought back to mind. Sure they didn’t fit the current novel, but maybe there was more to Zoe Sinclair’s story in them. What if Zoe wants to talk to me a little more?
Lately, she has been talking — not much, but talking — and we’ve made a pact: whatever she gives me, if anything, she must give on her own terms. So, we’ll wait and see. One aspect of the new novel, should there be one, is certain: the setting for the next Zoe Sinclair novel will most definitely be Los Angeles.