Introducing Author Spotlight Hugh Howey

You’ve no doubt noticed that we’re highlighting two great authors on our homepage. Over the course of November, Hugh Howey and Charles Finch will be mapping the scenes from their novels as well as a novel that has inspired them. The idea is to get the authors themselves to share with their readers why place is important in their writing. Check back throughout the month to hear about why Hugh and Charles chose locations for specific scenes and how other authors’ use of place have inspired them.

But for now, I’d like to introduce Hugh Howey, our Author Spotlight for the month of November. Hugh is the author of the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Wool series. The books are set in a post-apocalyptic U.S. in underground cities that extend more than a hundred stories deep.

A prequel to Wool, Hugh’s novel Shift uncovers the story of what led to the downfall on the surface—and it’s this novel that he will be mapping for us. The scenes in Shift take place up and down the east coast of the U.S. in Georgia, Washington, D.C. and Boston in real locations like Kramer Books near Dupont Circle, a nuclear waste treatment facility near Atlanta and the Dirksen Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill. Hugh has also left an Easter egg on one of his scene cards that includes a humorous clue into why he picked a particular place for the novel. See if you can find it.

Hugh is also mapping Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard, and we look forward to hearing throughout the month more about how Hubbard’s works have influenced Hugh.

Finally, we’re extremely grateful to our sponsor,, for helping us create the connection between novels and the places in which they are set. And we hope that you, our users, enjoy this new monthly feature of the site.


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