One of the first things you learn is writing what you know and
where Ash lived. In After the Fire we spend time in Chelsea, at Jordan's brownstone and Luke visits the High Line to contemplate a future without Jordan. And In Embrace the Fire, I give you more of a taste of Victorian Flatbush, where Drew's beloved Nana lives, as well as Brandon's inner city public school.
Bringing the city into my books to play a part of a story is a wonderful way to capture emotions and hopefully I've enabled readers to visualize the scenes on the page as they are reading. One day I'd love to have character cards made of certain pivotal scenes for some of the books: Micah and Josh at the 9/11 Memorial, Sam and Zach at the beach, Alex, Rafe and little Dylan at the Bronx Zoo and Marcus, Tyler and Lillie at Serendipitys. All iconic, New York City places and ones I hope you think about when you read my books.