Readers have asked about some of the landmarks identified in the book, Crushed. So here are a few places that I used to visualize an event or activity:
- Grace lets go of Nicole's ashes. The view of the bay when Grace opens up the urn is based on Sterling Park on Russian Hill. And, yes, the view really is that spectacular.
- Grace running up the stairs to the second floor of the courthouse. The exterior of the courthouse is based on the actual courthouse on Harrison Street in San Francisco. But it was San Francisco City Hall rotunda that I visualized as Grace ran up while Albert watched from the second floor.
- The restaurant, Renata. Not the revolving door (not a lot of those in San Francisco especially, for example, in contrast to New York City restaurants), but the exterior of restaurant was based on Atelier Crenn, or what it used to be called - Plump Jack Cafe. I would say the name, Renata, was made up. But it actually wasn't - it's a restaurant in Portland, Oregon and my nephew, Sam, had just gone to the Opening Party the night before he and I had a skype call where I read to him from the book (we've done lots of that over the course of my writing over the past several months). So in honor of Sam's attendance at the opening of Renata I decided to name the restaurant Renata.
Were there any other places you had questions about? Feel free to ask in the Comments section below!