Kendra here: Please welcome back my suspense buddy, Melinda Leigh!
The other day, I was scrolling through Facebook, looking at pictures Kendra had posted of a gorgeous winery (featured picture above) she and her husband were touring. At the exact same time, my husband and I also had a free afternoon. Were we sitting on a lovely hillside patio, tasting wine and enjoying some scenic vistas?
My current work-in-process is set in Philadelphia. I love the city, but I admit most of my time there is limited to school trips to the historic sites, shopping or eating in Old City or Center City, and the occasional ball game at the Sports Complex in South Philly. Due to his profession, Hubs knows the city well. So I asked him for some help researching locations. (To be fair, first he took me to a fabulous lunch at one of my favorite restaurants, Cuba Libra, first. See pic 1).
With the story still in its infancy, I was looking for inspiration and photos to help me write accurate descriptions. We drove around for a while so I could snap some pics of landmarks, homes, and businesses where my plot board suggests I’ll have scenes. I also wanted to get the feel of some of the neighborhoods where my characters would live. I described the characters to Hubs. He drove around blocks that seemed right.
“What else do you want to see?” he asked.
Now we were getting to the interesting part. “I need a few good places to dump bodies.”
Hubs didn’t miss a beat. We had a frank discussion about egress and ingress, security, and the physical practicalities that body dumping would necessitate. Hubs provided some extremely clever (disturbing) insight.
We drove by the shipping yards on the Delaware River on the southern edge of the city. Acres of shipping containers were stacked on one side of Packer Avenue (pic 2). On the other side sprawled an equally large amount of weedy train yard (pic 3). We passed several abandoned brick warehouses on piers. In the blackened, smashed window of one, I caught a quick glimpse of a man’s shadow (pic 4), which really added to the day’s ambiance. In the background, the Walt Whitman Bridge loomed over the river.
“This is perfect.” I snap photos continuously. Ideas for dark scenes rolled through my head.
No, it wasn’t a lovey afternoon sampling Merlot at a beautiful winery. But I honestly couldn’t have planned a better day. After nearly twenty years of marriage, Hubs still knows how to show this girl a good time.
Melinda has a new release today! SHE CAN SCREAM.