Welcome to the Fun Stuff page. I’ll post fun things like character sketches, links to fan art, deleted scenes, and any other behind-the-scenes goodies.
Here is a gallery of various sketches I have done to help myself visualize characters or scenes. Some are more polished, some are really rough sketches, either way, I hope you enjoy them.
The First Amusementist
LEGACY OF THE CLOCKWORK KEY was inspired by many things, but there is one person in particular that inspired the story more than any other, my great-grandfather, James Roscoe Granger. He worked as an Engineer for the Bureau of Reclamation, and had a hand in the building of most of the major dam and hydroelectric projects throughout the west including Hoover Dam, Flaming Gorge, and the third power plant expansion of Grand Coulee.
I’m not sure how aware I was as a child of my great-grandfather’s engineering legacy. To me he was Poppy, the wonderful man who would constantly hum meandering tunes, had a small butterfly tattoo over his heart, and got up at dawn every morning to go out in his garden and juggle. I spent a lot of time at his house, and to me the most fascinating room was his office. To my young mind, I was fairly certain it was a secret workshop, filled with old maps and blueprints, strange instruments like antique calculators and slide rules, and a small jar of volcanic ash from Mt. St. Helens.
In his office, I discovered an old silver pocket watch. I used to love winding it and pressing it to my ear to hear it tick. I distinctly remember how the cool silver felt against my cheek, and tracing my fingers over the etched designs swirling over the casing. The memory of that pocket watch was the true inspiration for the entire book, and my love for my great-grandfather drives the story. When I think of Henry Whitlock, I think of my Poppy and I know exactly why Meg is so determined to find him again.
Henry Whitlock’s mark, the anchor with two chains is a reference to my great-grandfather’s service in the Navy, and the flower design was partially inspired by a lapel pin I found in his desk, combined with my favorite flower, the iris.
So, I gladly give the title of The First True Amusementist to James Roscoe Granger in loving memory of a brilliant man.