My favorite scene in my book is when Detective Antelope drives to the top of White Mountain and confronts his frustration about not having solved the case yet. I like how the description of the weather and landscape mirror his internal state of isolation and loneliness.
The last chapter in my book was the most challenging to write because mystery novels require a resolution of the crime preceded by a review of the facts and the revelation of motivations. It felt quite formulaic in comparison to the other chapters. The last chapter of most other mysteries I have read are also the least enjoyable for me to read for the same reason. It’s difficult to reduce a complicated set of circumstances to a tidy completion.
On my nightstand there is always a collection of the latest mystery novels and thrillers as well as general fiction from the writers I consider to be at the top of the field. Also, short story anthologies and The New Yorker Magazine.
I developed a writing process from my experience with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) which involves producing a really fast and really bad first draft and then rewriting over and over and over until I get it right.
My biggest inspiration while writing this book was continuing to read those authors whose talent and ability to use language in such specific and beautiful ways that I want to strive to emulate them in order to produce stories of similar quality.