I call it the “hometown of my heart.” When I left New Orleans a couple of years ago after almost 15 years, I thought my days of crying over NOLA were done. This week, between finally watching the first episode of HBO’s “Treme” and following the massive oil spill as it heads toward Plaquemines Parish, I’ve learned that wasn’t true.
But this is a writing blog, right, and not my old No-No-Nola blog (archived here) so instead I have to think about how much reality to inject into my urban fantasy.
My second book, RIVER ROAD, which will be released by Tor sometime in 2011, takes place primarily in Plaquemines Parish: all the way from Burrwood, a ghost town near the mouth of the river, up to Venice and Port Sulphur. The climactic scene in the book takes place in Pointe a la Hache. (This is a shot in Plaqumines after Katrina.)
Urban fantasy by definition takes place in the real world. So I’m thinking before official revisions even start on RIVER ROAD, I need to address the oil spill, depending on how it plays out in terms of again ruining the area’s fragile ecology and the livelihood of its people. Two of my characters are shrimpers (well, admittedly, they’re also mermen). Are they impacted by this?
All questions to answer as this diaster unfolds. Till then, NOLA and Southeast LA. How much more devastation can you take?