Heart Wood is a work of fiction inspired by many real-life people, organizations, and events. Here in Behind the Scenes, I’ve gathered my research, resources, and inspirations used in creating the fictional stories of the Past – Present – and Future. To view, please open each tab at top.
PAST: Eliza – Post Gold Rush in the Sacramento Valley, late 19th century (inspired by my great-grandmother, Emily Hoppin)
PRESENT: Harmony – Back-to-the-land homestead in the Sierra Nevada, late 20th century (inspired by my own life)
FUTURE: Amisha – Dystopic San Francisco and the Sierra Nevada, late 21st century (inspired by a nighttime vision)
Top left: Charles and Emily Hoppin’s farm house, early 1900s. Middle left: The author with family at Gary Snyder’s blessing of their homestead, 1978. Bottom left: future sea level rise scenario in San Francisco. Right: Cross-section of pine heartwood, inspiration for the “clock” heartwood cover of book.