To get from the first to the last page of a novel, most writers employ a tried and true methodology, one of their own making which oftentimes includes a lucky charm, a well-worn office chair, and pots of strong-brewed coffee. Black, no sugar, please. In my experience, a writer’s methodology usually reflects some quirk or idiosyncrasy in said writer’s personality.  I’m a compulsive ‘list maker.’ So it’s no surprise that I plot my books to the Nth degree before I ever type those two angst-ridden words ‘Chapter One’.   Fans of the thriller genre know that chase scenes are de rigueur. The more, the merrier. And they better be high voltage. Whenever possible,
I travel to the locales and, with a digital camera in one hand and a micro recorder in the other, traverse the chase scene ‘course.’ Usually this requires a bit of method acting (as I ‘get into a character’s head’ ) and a fair amount of choreography (getting from Point A to Point B when the bullets are flying is no easy feat).
These are the images that inspired the National Zoo chase scene.