In February 2014, Kate and I visited Tubac, Arizona. It was my first time having EVER stepped foot in Tubac. When I wrote SHIFT (and those books that came after it, for that matter,) I had never seen the town in which the story was set. I’d looked at some pictures through Google Earth, and I’d done research on the climate, economy, flora and fauna, but I had never experienced the town itself. In the end, I couldn’t have been more amazed. I’d hoped it would be like I had imagined–I hadn’t expected it to be EXACTLY what I had envisioned, to feel just like I expected. And I certainly hadn’t expected it to teach me things about my own characters. Because I knew, all along, the Cecelia loved this place, and I thought I knew why. But I didn’t really know why until I went there. Until I walked the streets, and felt the sun, and met the people. Until I walked gallery to gallery and ate the food and drank the wine, and shopped the market. It wasn’t until I was there that I really knew why Samantha had insisted that Harris and her build their home there–why she convinced Cecelia to visit, and why Cecelia decided to stay.