Anyone Need Some Pointless Information? by Lydia Nyx
I am the queen of useless trivia. I think sometimes my secondary function in this life (after all the necessary ones like breathing, eating, and oh yeah, writing—also, being a servant to my cat) is gaining knowledge of things that bear absolutely no relevance on anything…relevant. I think this is the reason I became a writer: a perfectly legitimate excuse to do research and learn new things no one else cares about. Or conversely, things everyone already knew except me.
My first full-length novel comes out today, and despite the many things it contains in large quantities which I was already an expert on—smut, hubris, and heartbreak—it also contains the result of vast amounts of research. Namely, the research I had to do on the locations in the novel.
From Morocco to Paris is divided into three parts, the first of which takes place in Morocco—largely Marrakesh and the Sahara desert—the second in Cairo, and the third in Paris, with a short sidestep to Kentucky (Paris to Kentucky you ask? But how? Read the novel and find out!). With the exception of Kentucky, I’ve never been to any of these places. And even Kentucky, the story takes place in a town I’ve never been in.
The amount of research I had to do on these locations was vast, but also highly enjoyable for me. I learned about Moroccan customs and culture. I discovered what traffic is like in Cairo (in a word, insane). I was able to describe the Paris skyline via pictures. I do a lot of my writing from pictures. If I can see a few pictures of a certain place, I can describe how it ‘feels’ there. I tend to be a very visceral writer, so facts and details combined with images is the ultimate research material for me.
So, now I have lots of facts about Morocco, Cairo, and Paris, if anyone has need of them. And a few about Kentucky. I’m also fascinated by Dubai and learning about it as well so I can eventually write a story taking place there.
I still probably write hubris better. I know it much more intimiately.
From Morocco to Paris:
Zane Reed dreams of being a director, but first he has to learn the ropes by taking every crap job in the movie industry. Employed as personal assistant to actor Elliot Butler, Zane hopes to further his education when Elliot works with famed director Saul Brennan. However, Zane gets an education in something else entirely when he meets Davey Alexander, one of the production’s costumers.
Davey, vivacious and erotically-charged, shakes reluctant, sexually-confused Zane down to his core. The two begin a torrid affair that leaves Zane wrestling with demons from his past as much as wrestling with Davey in the sheets. During filming, from Morocco, to Cairo, to Paris, the two struggle with desire and muddled emotions. In the end, Zane will have to overcome–and define–himself, if he wants to keep the most intriguing, passionate man he’s ever known from walking out of his life.
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