While I was writing Second-Story Man I kept imagining the Universal Studios Hollywood backlot as the home for my characters Carlos and Michael. Carlos has invaded Michael’s World so the reader gets to explore Michael’s World along with Carlos.
The art director in me had to create Michael’s World in SketchUp so that I could better realize it in prose.
This image is of Michael’s Brownstone Hotel. Carlos climbed through the open window just above the segmental pediment. Just like now the street was deserted, but it was late at night when Carlos came sneaking in. This is a view from across the street where, a day later, Carlos stands wondering if he’s made the right decision to return to Michael’s place.