Author Sloan Parker

Behind The Story: TAKE ME HOME

Take Me Home by Sloan Parker
Last Updated: May 30, 2013
 
Character Inspiration & Details

Kyle and Evan have been best friends for years. Now they are finally taking a chance on more. Below are some of the behind-the-story details about these two men.

Please note: These details could be considered minor spoilers for the character backstories in Take Me Home.
 

EVAN WALKER

  • Age: 29

  • Occupation: Waiter; Aspiring Writer for TV

  • Residence: Currently staying with his best friend, Kyle Bennett.

  • Originally from Liberty Falls, Ohio

  • Never had many friends in his hometown.

  • Still sees himself as the geeky boy everyone knew was gay before he did.

  • Loves the Christmas holiday.

  • Has a shot at his dream job writing for a popular network drama.

  • Fell in love with his best friend in high school but knew it could never be more than friendship.

  • His partner of 10 years just dumped him.
     

KYLE BENNETT

  • Age: 29

  • Occupation: Mystery Novelist

  • Residence: Apartment in West Hollywood, California

  • Originally from Liberty Falls, Ohio

  • His best-selling mystery series features an amateur gay sleuth named Mac.

  • Popular in high school.

  • Has never had a serious relationship. Has never wanted one.

  • At-ease with who he is.

  • Admires the hell out of his best friend.

  • Is seriously considering moving home to Ohio to get over his writer's block but doesn't want to leave if Evan needs him.



Scene Board

Take Me Home’s scene board (cleverly covered by my editing check marks to avoid spoilers). Each scene actually has 8 or more check mark post-its. I kept track of my read-throughs on a scene-by-scene basis.



In-Process Manuscript

Just for fun I took a picture of the manuscript while I was in the process of revising (from the back so you can’t get a glimpse of all my red pen scribbles). If you look closely you can see my cat’s whiskers on the right. He kept an eye on me, making sure I stayed on task.





A Preview in Pictures

During my research phase of writing Take Me Home, I saved links and images and descriptions for inspiration as I wrote. The following is a preview of Take Me Home using only a sampling of the pictures from my research notes. Under each photo is a link where I found the photo and the credit if it’s available.


Image Credit: Amtrak website


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Photo Credit: Loco ( Inactive ) Steve


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Photo Credit: Doug Wornom collection

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Graphical Preview

A word cloud view of this excerpt


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Research Links
Here's a sampling of the sites I came across during the research phase of writing this book (which may or may not have ended up being related to what I was actually looking for):
 

Please note: The following links and their titles include spoilers for the book TAKE ME HOME.

How much is a million dollars?

A Million Dollars - Currency Photos

Crossing the United States by train, from just $212

15 of the Biggest Bank Heists Ever

Preston State Bank Dallas Texas Money Bag circa 1960

The Case of the Stranded Streamliner

Through the Pass in Winter

Sierra Nevada Mountains Foothills




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