In 2012, I was driving down the 215 freeway making my way to where I was living in Lake Elsinore. I was thinking about Romeo and Juliet and how I might be able to capture its beauty in a futuristic vampire and werewolf novel. It dawned on me as I was driving how I should write the novel. I pulled over in the city of Perris and went to a Starbucks. I had a notebook in my truck and began writing out the details on how I was going to approach my own version of Shakespeare’s classic. I was inspired by the musical and movie West Side Story and Leonardo DiCaprio’s version of R and J. I wrote out the concept and within six weeks I had finished the novel. I have debated writing a sequel from Juliet’s point of view. I might write it in the next two years. So many books to write and so little time!