The book is set in a system of tunnels under a castle during World War II. Evacuees are kept there by the unscrupulous Lady of the castle; while she feeds them and educates them, all underground, she uses them as well.
Plus there's a whole side plot about her heir, Victor, and a really nasty doctor with disturbing saying scrawled all over the walls of his office.
Enter my modern anti-heroine, Julia, who finds that the stairs to the attic now lead down into those tunnels during 1939. She has problems of her own: bulimia, for one, as well as a broken home.
In order to write the book I set up a HUGE story map.
It was a lot of fun to create and it keeps my concepts from running out the door as I nail them down.
I also had to create my castle:
and my system of tunnels:
I was stuck on my story for a bit until I found a great image for Victor. I wanted him to be beautiful but damaged. Here he is:
|I had to add the facial tat and the shirt.|
To further research, I went to the Edison Museum and looked at all the lovely gizmos there. It's pure analog heaven, and better than sex (sort of) for a steampunk / dieselpunk fiend like me.
|Lovely old equipment from the Edison think tank|
I'm off to create the rest of this adventure. Time to get lost in the Tunnels again.