Three Facts About Intrepid
On average, it usually takes me about six to eight weeks to write a full-sized novel, of which, about half the time is spent researching elements of the story. Because many of my books are set in Detroit, where I was born, I try to incorporate some real landmarks for the locals who read them. I also like to ask myself a single question that sort of helps drive the plot.
Here are three quick facts about Intrepid:
1. Jack Kerouac really did stay at the Hotel Savarine.
The first scene in Intrepid takes place in the abandoned building located just off Jefferson. Back in the mid-1920’s, the Hotel Savarine (Hotel Winston as it’s sometimes called) opened as a stag or bachelor hotel that catered to single men. Kerouac stayed there sometime in the mid-1940’s, when it also served as a popular hangout for the Detroit Tigers. It’s since fallen into disrepair over the years, vandalized and left abandoned.
2. The Heidelberg Project mentioned in the book is a real place.
Heidelberg Street is an actual outdoor art exhibit on Detroit’s east side. In fact, you can sign up for tours with the artist on the website. Here’s more information if you’d like to check out how painter and sculptor, Tyree Guyton, transformed his neighborhood through art. 👉 https://youtu.be/vnUXEU8ClSc
3. Elements of the book are inspired by scenes from Pinocchio.
I watched Pinocchio several times as a kid, but it wasn’t until I’d watched it again with my youngest, that I realized the darkness hidden in some of those scenes—particularly the ones that take place on Pleasure Island. And unlike many of Disney’s films, where everyone is saved in the end, I found myself wondering what happened to the boys who’d been left behind when Pinocchio flees? This is the question that sort of helps guide the plot and is weaved into the Intrepid’s storyline.