In WHISPER, Riley Bloom is sent on a soul catch to ancient Rome where she confronts a gladiator so menacing, he's nicknamed The Pillar of Doom.
Since research has always been my absolute favorite part of the writing process, I also traveled to Rome in order to better envision the world Riley found herself in.
Below, I've included some pictures from those travels, where you'll see the Colosseum, the actual remains of the ancient Ludus (gladiator training school) that Riley visits, the restaurant where Bodhi and Buttercup anxiously await her return, and also the romance and magick of Venice, Italy where Riley . . . well, you'll just have to read it and see!
The Roman skyline at dusk
Me standing before the Colosseum
The Roman Colosseum
Inside the Colosseum. The paved part represents what the spectators saw—the unpaved part reveals the ancient ruins of the world beneath the arena.
Me enjoying the view from the very same restaurant where Bodhi and Buttercup wait for Riley's return
View of the Colosseum from the restaurant
The remains of the ancient ludus (gladiatorial training school) where Riley goes in search of The Pillar of Doom
Closer view of the ancient ludus
The Colosseum and the ludus
The gondolas of Venice
Venice at dusk!
The magnificent Venetian waterways
Me enjoying a gondola ride
The majestic Venetian skyline
Venetian Carnival couture