If you recognize a certain television cooking competition in the epilogue of Roller Coaster, you’re not wrong. “Prepare a gourmet French dinner that includes haggis-in-a-can.” Karin thinks that’s fun. To watch.
Trivia – Above Temptation and Banking Regulations
Above Temptation was a manuscript in the drawer for so long that when it was time to revisit, all of the banking laws had changed, and banking fraud itself was a different style of crime. Kip and Tam turned out to be more informed than the author.
Trivia – Stepping Stone and Duffy
The title and one underlying theme of Stepping Stone were inspired by the song “Stepping Stone” by Duffy.
Trivia: Warming Trend – What’s in a Name?
Anidyr Bycall’s name has two Russian inspirations. Lake Baikal, the largest freshwater lake in the world, and several places are named Anadyr in easternmost Russia. Anidyr is pronounced “Annie-dear” – At least that’s what her affectionate father says in Warming Trend.
Trivia – Meryl Streep and Helen Mirren? Sure!
It’s unusual for Karin to have an actor in mind to play one of her characters. An exception is Marissa’s mother in Finders Keepers. The “step up on the table in the country club dining room to make an announcement” personality – it’s so Meryl Streep. If she were unavailable then Helen Mirren would do it justice as well.
Trivia – 18th and Castro
There’s no apartment building as described at the corner of 18th and Castro in San Francisco. That’s why it’s called fiction. But wouldn’t it be nice if there were?
Trivia – All the Wrong Places
Brandy Monsoon’s last name (All the Wrong Places) was inspired by Edina Monsoon of Absolutely Fabulous. A force of nature is a force of nature, even when it’s a bit confused by life.
Trivia – Sugar
Karin found out that Sugar Sorenson’s (Sugar) deeply religious grandmother had had a change of heart at the same moment Sugar did.