My newest novel Buried Bones releases today! It's the sequel to Good Bones, and as in the first book, much of the action takes place on a farm in Oregon.
Dylan's farm is imaginary. But it was inspired by a very real place: the farm my brother and sister-in-law own in Oregon.
The real place doesn't have a big old house that needs renovation, and instead of a pond it has a creek. The real farm isn't as isolated as the fictional one--there are a handful of neighbors nearby (none of whom are snarky, sexy handymen) and the property's backed by a big wheat field instead of state forest.
But there are also similarities between the real and imaginary farms. Both have Christmas trees gone feral and abundant blackberries. Both are frequently visited by wildlife, although to the best of my knowledge, there are no werewolves on my relatives' farm.
Above, that's the creek. It's pretty shallow in the summer but becomes a river during winter rains. During one visit an otter swam over to check us out.
Dylan's farm doesn't have big barn, just a sort of storage building. The real farm boasts a huge barn that was once used for drying hops. Nowadays bats roost under the roof.
Next inspiration post: The rodeo!
PS--I've posted another student bloopers video. Check it out! http://youtu.be/6ugjsSTK_38