It's no secret that I was super inspired by Twin Peaks when I wrote Sparkwood. The show strikes the perfect balance of mundane and bizarre.
The Great Northern Hotel is actually the Salish Lodge in Snoqualmie, which is about 40 minutes from where I lived when I started brainstorming Sparkwood. When I moved to New York City, I watched Twin Peaks straight through three times. It shows its age, sure. It actually started airing the year I was born. But it's still weird and wonderful and DALE COOPER IS MY HUSBAND okay I'm fine.
If you read Sparkwood, you might have caught a few references to Twin Peaks. Off the top of my head, here are a few.
1) The birch trees that form the first gate Finn takes to the fairy realm are a reference to Glastonbury Grove, where Cooper enters The Black Lodge.
2) Sparkwood is heavily based on North Bend, the town where the RR Diner (actually called Twede's Cafe) is located. Oh, and speaking of diners:
3) The Nite Owl's layout is inspired by the RR Diner, because why design a diner when you can borrow? Any Twin Peaks fan knows the importance of diners, and coffee.
4) Wait a minute, The Nite... Owl? In the Twin Peaks mythos, the owls are not what they seem.
5) I was going to name Finn's high school the Steeplejacks, as another Twin Peaks reference. Then I realized I had already made his high school mascot an owl. Which is, yes, a freaking Twin Peaks reference. I defeat myself.
6) Finn's hotel room in The Golden Pine is the same number as Cooper's in The Great Northern. Room 315!
7) Despite all the set dressing inspired by Twin Peaks, the only character remotely related to the show was the fairy mayor; I based her appearance on Lana Milford, the fiancée of the mayor of Twin Peaks. But the fairy mayor is not thin.
8) Sparkwood! The title of the book and the name of the town come from the intersection where Ronette Pulaski is found: Sparkwood and 21. I wanted to take the reference a step further and have 21 chapters in the book, but I couldn't quite swing it.
Sparkwood is out now!