Location Scouting and Quotes from Circle of Silence
One of the things I love to do when writing is to go “location scouting” just like the movie people do, in the city I’m writing about. In Circle of Silence the city is Brooklyn, NY. I look for big views as well as small details. For example, here’s the inside of the gate at Promenade Park.
When I visited, it took me awhile to unlock it because the latch is on the inside. My personal confusion grew into a small moment in the novel. As Valerie Gaines investigates a story for the school’s TV News program, she is set to meet an unnamed source inside the park at night. Excitedly, she shows up at the appointed time.
The final minute is taken up with trying to open the gate. Did MP screw up? Did the city lock it early? Finally, it occurs to me that I have to reach through the metal bars, twist my hand and slide the latch from the inside edge.
Another photo was lucky happenstance. Meandering around the area of Brooklyn known as Red Hook, I snapped this picture.
The painted graffiti has two sayings: Some walls are invisible (to the left) and Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere (on the right). The entire wall felt so Brooklyn. I immediately knew I’d use it in somewhere in the book.
Peeling paint in doorways, overflowing garbage cans. This part of Red Hook is especially sketchy. A graffiti mural proclaims SOME WALLS ARE INVISIBLE.
It turned out that in later drafts, the scrawled sentence resonated far beyond that particular scene. Definitely a happy “accidental discovery!”
This last photo is a view that can only be found in Brooklyn. The picture was taken in a small park bordering the East River. Yes, that’s the Statue of Liberty in the background!
Earlier in the chapter, I describe the view of the Statue and the fence. With a bit of dramatic license, this is how I “used” the picture in the book:
Low laughter gets my attention. Finally! Somebody’s shown up. My heart beats fast. Carefully, I peek around the plant. False alarm. A couple of fishermen, dressed in bulky coats and earflapped hats, carry buckets and poles. I’ve never understood why anyone would eat fish caught in the dirty East River, but it doesn’t seem to bother the men. Casting poles into the water, the two settle onto a bench, content to watch the sun sink into the horizon.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed going location scouting for Circle of Silence with me! It was a really fun way to “research” the book!
Thanks for stopping by Carol!
About the series: Carol’s first Harlequin TEEN title, dancergirl, is related, yet a separate book.
Each is a stand-alone, yet they take place in the same high school. Characters from one book make appearances in the other!
The place: Brooklyn, New York
The school: WiHi
The time: Now
What's stopping you?
THE BIGGEST STORY OF MY LIFE COULD BE HOW IT ENDS
It’s my turn to run a Campus News crew, and I’ve put together a team that can break stories wide open. And Washington Irving High has a truly great one to cover, if only we can find a lead.
A secret society has formed in our school. It announced its presence with pranks: underwear on the flagpole, a toilet in the hallway, cryptic notes. A circle of silence keeps the society a mystery. No one knows its members, agenda or initiation secrets—until a student lands in the hospital under strange circumstances.
I will blow this story wide open and stop others from being hurt…or worse. And while my ex, Jagger, might want to help, I don’t trust him yet. (And, no, not because of our past together. That is not important to this story.)
But whether you find me, Valerie Gaines, reporting in front of the camera, or a victim in the top story of the newscast…be sure to watch Campus News at 9:00 a.m. this Friday.
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