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Friday, May 20, 2016

Google Maps

As a writer, Google Maps Street View has become my best friend. In a scene from my currebnt romantic suspense, DUSK, my heroine was walking across Tower Bridge in London, where she needed to look up at the overhead tourist walkway linking the two towers. There was always the option of purchasing an airline ticket to London, hopping on the Underground, and walking halfway across the bridge so that I could see what she would see. Or, there was the less expensive alternative of Google Maps Street View.

I have repeatedly used this tool in writing. Not always for something as extravagant as a romp across the pond. I've used it for nearby intersections, admittedly people-watching. There are times where I need to see public buildings from a three-dimensional perspective.  What do my characters see when they cross a specific street? If my muse isn't cooperating these 'visuals' assist. 

Alas, I sometimes digress. It has become an obsessive game (flagrant waste of time) to try and spot the Google car in window reflections.

Then there is Maureen, the adventurer, who has visited the base camp at Mount Everest, walked across Sydney Harbor, and stood on top of Table Mountain in Capetown. Yes, I get addicted to traveling via this technology.

Sometimes as writers we have to be resourceful. We can't always hop on a plane and visit every country our eccentric characters want to take us to. I have even started tinkering with Google Cardboard for a complete virtual experience!

Are any of you Google Street View addicts?

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Sophie Diem's boss has skipped town, abandoning their counseling firm and taking her investment money with him. As she seeks to rebuild her professional career she is distressed by the appearance of a stranger. The man keeps to the shadows, but he is definitely stalking her. In an attempt to flee him she accepts a job London. Surely crossing the Atlantic would be enough to deter her Shadow. 

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Together, Jack and Livvy uncover the contents of the footlocker and now they are being hunted. 

Someone doesn't want the world to know what is in that trunk. Someone who is well-connected. 

Unable to trust the authorities, Jack and Livvy have only each other. Will it be enough to survive the Atlantic's frigid clutch? 

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Amanda has something her attacker wants. He has waited over twenty years to claim it, and he will destroy anyone close to her to get it. 

...but he's met his match in Ray Gordon.


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Elise Warner said...

I've googled a lot but dumb me has never used Google Street View--until today after reading your blog. Of course it might be more fun to hop on that airplane. bit more expensive though.

Maureen A. Miller said...

LOL. So true, Elise. Another factor is the time. By the time I flew and got myself to that bridge, I'd forget what I was going there for.

jean harrington said...

As technically challenged as I am, I'm proud to say I did use Google Street View once or twice, just like a big girl. It's been a while though> Hmm, wonder if I can remember how to do it?.

Rita said...

I love Google maps. Before them I used weather maps.

Marcelle Dubé said...

Maureen, congrats on your upcoming release! Dusk looks like fun--in a suspenseful kind of way. I've used Google Street View. Is it weird that it makes me feel a little like a voyeur?

jean harrington said...

Michelle, I feel that way on Facebook. Not to worry!

Maureen A. Miller said...

Yay Jean! But I agree about being technically challenged!

Rita, I'm still addicted to weather maps too! :)

Thanks Marcelle! I feel the same way. But imagine how the guy driving the Google car must feel!

Anne Marie Becker said...

Love google maps! Such a great resource. (And scary, too!) LOL

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