The Settings of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL
I don’t know about you, but settings are a big deal for me in stories. For example, in Megan Shepherd’s The Madman’s Daughter, much of the book takes place on an island, in a small village constructed by a mad scientist and filled with creatures of the scientist’s own creation. Megan does an outstanding job of showing us what the island and the buildings look like, a skill that I’m not quite sure I’ve yet mastered.
But like Megan, I see the settings in my mind, and I used Google Images, Google Earth, and Pinterest to draw detail from photos to improve my murky mental images. Today, I’d like to share a few of them with you.
CATCH ME WHEN I FALL primarily takes place in two places: Columbus, Ohio and Rome, Italy. Born and raised in Ohio, it was easy for me to visualize the capital city of my home state, but I’ve only visited Rome—and I was only there for two days. Therefore, it was imperative that I collect pictures of the beautiful city so that I could describe the scenery in detail.
Now, to avoid spoilers, my captions for these photographs will be very vague. But I’m sure once you read the book, you’ll know exactly what happens in each of these locations. So, without further ado, here are the settings of CATCH ME WHEN I FALL:
Inspiration for the home of the Protectors of the Night.
(Just, y’know, picture it in the middle of Rome, hidden from the living.)
The beautiful streets of Rome
A Roman piazza
Inspiration for Kayla's house
Arch in Columbus, Ohio
A Roman fountain
A guitarist in Rome
An abandoned factory in Columbus, Ohio
Inspiration for Kayla's hospital
The Eiffel Tower, sparkling
A Roman bookshop
Another breath-taking snapshot of Rome
About Catch Me When I Fall:
Recruited at his death to be a Protector of the Night, seventeen-year-old Daniel Graham has spent two-hundred years fighting Nightmares and guarding humans from the clawed, red-eyed creatures that feed off people’s fears. Each night, he risks his eternal life, having given up his chance at an afterlife when he chose to become a Protector. That doesn’t stop a burnt-out Daniel from risking daring maneuvers during each battle. He’s become one of the best, but he wants nothing more than to stop.
Then he’s given an assignment to watch over sixteen-year-old Kayla Bartlett, a clinically depressed patient in a psychiatric ward. Nightmares love a human with a tortured past. Yet, when they take a deep interest in her, appearing in unprecedented numbers, the job becomes more dangerous than any Daniel’s ever experienced. He fights ruthlessly to keep the Nightmares from overwhelming his team and Kayla. Soon, Daniel finds himself watching over Kayla during the day, drawn to why she’s different, and what it is about her that attracts the Nightmares. And him.
A vicious attack on Kayla forces Daniel to break the first Law and reveal his identity. Driven by his growing feelings for her, he whisks her away to Rome where others like him can keep her safe. Under their roof, the Protectors discover what Kayla is and why someone who can manipulate Nightmares has her in his sights. But before they can make a move, the Protectors are betrayed and Kayla is kidnapped. Daniel will stop at nothing to save her. Even if it means giving up his immortality.
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About Vicki Leigh:
Adopted at three-days-old by a construction worker and a stay-at-home mom, Vicki Leigh grew up in a small suburb of Akron, Ohio where she learned to read by the age of four and considered being sent to her room for punishment as an opportunity to dive into another book. By the sixth grade, Vicki penned her first, full-length screenplay. If she couldn’t be a writer, Vicki would be a Hunter (think Dean and Sam Winchester) or a Jedi. Her favorite place on earth is Hogwarts (she refuses to believe it doesn’t exist), and her favorite dreams include solving cases alongside Sherlock Holmes.
Vicki is an editor for Curiosity Quills Press and is represented by Sarah Negovetich of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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