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Originally from Sacramento, debut author Elle Marr explored the urban wilderness of Southern California before spending three wine-and-cheese-filled years in France, where she earned a master’s degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris. She now lives and writes outside Portland, Oregon, with her husband and one very demanding feline. Connect with her online at www.ellemarr.com, on facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

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“No. Your first name is Quinoa. When you were born, the trend was food-inspired names. You’ve always hated it, which is why you’ve always insisted on going by Kin.” The very mention of the fact prompted a familiar sting to the side of Kin’s head, not nearly as bad as before, but enough to demonstrate what Markus meant about being told information. “That’s funny,” Kin finally said, his voice reduced to a dry gravel. “Quinoa was a big part of my recipe last night.” “You cook? Oh. That’s...” The harsh creases of Markus’s expression lightened, almost forming a smile before returning to its serious ...more
One of the ways I approach world-building is to take mundane things from our world, see how they were treated years ago, and see how I can project that into the future. In this case, naming trends seemed to have no real rhyme or reason to them; they followed seasonal trends or pop culture or flowers or whatever. So with this freedom, I just decided that in the early 22nd century, people named their children after food and cooking. A reader did tell me the other day that they encountered a young boy named Quinoa. It wasn't me!
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The notebook. His journal. The epiphany caused a jabbing pain against his skull, forcing him to steady himself. He’d completely forgotten it, how he’d pulled it out some six months ago, studying it in the garage to restore lost details. He’d fought off the oncoming headaches, desperate to mine specifics of his missing past. It didn’t work, as if his body didn’t want him to remember. Then sometime during the last few weeks, that moment also evaporated from his brain. Until now.
The journal was a later-round addition. I needed some cheat to add in world-building details and this became a mechanism for including that. As I worked it through the draft, it also made sense for this to become part of Miranda's story, as it represented this dichotomy of lives that she's about to discover.
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