I like it when things come full circle. I like the symmetry. I appreciate the natural order of things. I try to live a balanced life. In fact, my nickname is Even Steven. When Katie and I started researching the connection between fictional stories and the real places where they are set, Brian Freeman was one of the first authors we studied. And now a year later we’re introducing Freeman as our R.J. Julia’s Author Spotlight for April. I couldn’t be more excited.
The Twin Ports of Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., was one of the regions where we focused our initial research–San Francisco and New Haven were the other two–and it became clear that Freeman is a literary legend in the area. Locals are proud that Freeman sets many of his Jonathan Stride novels in places they know–Duluth Central High School, the Kitchi Gammi Club, the Aerial Lift Bridge and the “Stride Cottage” as it is known on Park Point. Katie and I even visited many of these places while conducting our research.
Fast forward a year and Freeman himself is on our site mapping the new Jonathan Stride novel, The Cold Nowhere. He’ll also encourage his fans to map the places from his other novels throughout April, engaging with them over social media as they plot and share.