Behind the Book is an ongoing series wherein I tackle a new chapter* of Croak each week and give you all of the secret, behind-the-scenes tidbits and trivia that went into writing it. For an archive of past chapters, click here. To read the spoilers, highlight the blank spaces marked with <<hi>>; proceed at your own risk if you haven’t read the entire series. Enjoy!
*The longer the book goes on, the more I’ve already told you and the less I can talk about spoilery stuff, so I’ll be doubling up on chapters from here on out.
Chapter 19: The Showering
- At the beginning of this chapter we get another instance of misplaced tourists, and for that I must give kudos to my agent, Tina, for suggesting that Croak receive tourists in the first place. When this book was in its infancy, the village of Croak was closed off to the world, completely isolated and accessible only by some sort of magic or whatever. Tina thought it would be much more amusing if tourists could wander in freely, but with the vague, uneasy sense that they shouldn’t be there, and the citizens of Croak constantly trying to get rid of them. As usual, she was right.
- The Luminous Twelfth exists because I wanted there to be a holiday in the story, and there are no holidays in August, so I made one up. And an astronomy-based one at that!
- The meteor shower in question is the Perseids, the peak of which usually occurs on either August 12th or 13th.
- Yeah, Kloo and Ayjay are totally hooking up when they get attacked.
Chapter 20: The Ashening
- Jellyfish eat sausage. You heard it here first, folks.
- The name of the proprietress of Ashes is Arrhythmia, but her identification as such got cut along the way. I still don’t know why they serve muffins at the beginning of the meal instead of bread.
- Uncle Mort apparently has a working cold fusion device in his basement, which <<sadly is never even revisited in Rogue, when Lex and Driggs finally get to go down there. I’m very upset about that, and I’m sorry.>>
- Uncle Mort tells Lex that not everyone approves of her being in Croak, then sort of trails off and remains vague about it. The reason for this is <<later revealed in Scorch, when Lex finds out that direct relatives of Grims are not supposed to become Grims themselves. Secretssss>>
Got any questions about Chapter 19 or 20? Post them below!