We love Miami don’t you? Also known as “America’s Riviera” and the “Wreck Diving Capital of the Americas”. Birth place of Flo Rida, Jason Derulo and Perez Hilton, and the place where suntan was invented!
As we’ve hit Miami today, we were lucky enough to speak to the fabulous KA Tucker about why the Ten Tiny Breaths series was set here!
We are huge fans of the Ten Tiny Breaths series here at Hot Bed HQ; why did you decide to set the book in Miami?
I asked myself, “If I were a twenty-year-old girl and running from a terrible situation with my little sister, where would I go?” The answer hit me immediately: somewhere fun, hot, and near the beach. Part of this answer could be inspired by the fact that I live in Canada, where we’re shivering six months of the year. My husband and I have joked about picking up and heading to a tropical island many times. While Miami doesn’t exactly fit that description, for two American girls with just enough money to get on a bus and head south, this location seemed to fit.
Did you have to take anything into consideration when you wrote about Miami i.e. where Penny’s Palace was, the gym, or where Kacey and Trent lived?
I definitely had to research the Miami area and Florida in general. Penny’s Palace is completely fictional, however I spent (too much) time reading up on the state and city laws that govern this industry. That’s where I learned about Miami’s fairly liberal regulations relating to adult entertainment clubs compared to other parts of the U.S. (details I won’t go into here.) I researched apartment buildings, rent costs, “good” areas vs “bad” areas to figure out where Kacey’s and Charlie’s (in Four Seconds To Lose) apartment should be located. There is a lot of research that goes into writing a book, especially about a city you don’t live in. I familiarized myself with everything from the bus terminal that Kacey and Livie first arrive at, to how far she’d likely have to travel to work at that Starbucks, to the general types of clubs, to the types of houses along the beach where Dan and Storm move, to what types of citrus grow in which parts of the state, at what time of the year (for Five Ways To Fall.) Then I took some liberties to create the world I wanted to create, keeping some of those realities in mind.
We loved how interconnected all the characters were, and how each one had their own story through the series. Did you always imagine Miami would be a good hub for a series, did you ever think about setting it elsewhere?
When I wrote Ten Tiny Breaths, I had no plans to turn it into a series. I simply had a story to tell and I told it. But then readers started emailing me, asking for more stories about the other characters because they loved them so much. That’s when I gave some thought to a series. Miami is definitely a good home base for all the books. I think I felt that most when I was writing One Tiny Lie. Livie leaves Miami to attend Princeton. It’s a new and exciting world for her (and for me to write and, hopefully, for you to read) but there was always this shadow lingering. This odd feeling that she was somehow out of place; that all those people she cared about were too far away. It became very clear when I brought her back to Miami.
You have a new series starting in October, starting with Burying Water, but was it sad leaving Kacey, Trent and the whole TTB crew behind? Do you think you’ll ever go back?
While I absolutely LOVED writing the Ten Tiny Breaths series, I was definitely ready to dive into a new world. Because of the way I wrote that series, introducing new stories and new characters with each book, I never felt boxed in. But Burying Water gives me an opportunity to explore something darker and challenge myself as a writer. I absolutely adore Burying Water and I’m excited to see where I can take these characters in the coming books. Will I go back to write more books in the TTB series? Never say never *smiles*
Thanks for having me!