Total Immersion was a bit of a hard write for me, for a variety of reasons. I knew where the series as a whole needed to go, and that the action in this particular book would be key, but it was difficult to actually write that action. It was also difficult to figure out what I wanted the “small story” of just that particular book to be. The whole series has an overarching “big story” that I’m pretty certain on, but the “small story” of each book undergoes a lot of changes before and during the writing process.
I’ve also found myself gravitating towards a detail-rich writing style that requires a fair amount of background work, especially when the story is set somewhere that’s real but that I don’t know really well. There’s a lot of time spent talking to people and looking at Google Maps and Google Earth. It’s interesting, but not smooth or quick.
Anyway, I’m very pleased with the end result, which as always came out much stranger and richer than what I had been thinking of going in. I hope you like it, and here are those links again: