From the Author
The book doesn't explicitly state the location or time period, but there are numerous subtle references to Portland, Oregon throughout the story. I liked the idea of pushing everything forward about 30 years to around 2045, which means today's teenagers are the adult thirtysomething protagonists of the story. We still have mobile devices of some sort and computers for work (but we manage them better), we operate cars (but do we drive them?), and some of my favorite Portland restaurants are still in existence. Misty Forests doesn't actually exist, but I do have a secret location in the Portland West Hills picked out.
I quite enjoyed give Jules a career as a greywater plumber -- still a little unusual now, but I like to imagine that there are many more greywater projects in 2045 and many more women working as plumbers.
There are at least three books in this world, with the second book (Best Laid Plans) currently available. I so much fell in love with the characters, that I can easily imagine many more. Some of the secondary or minor characters who may need their own books include Jules' best friend Martha and her new good friend Sue at Misty Forests. I could also see books about Jeff who runs the front desk at Misty Forests, his buddy Melody, the facility manager Neal, and the grumpy but sweet gardener. To name just a few.