1. The unusual storytelling style, out of strict chronological order, was inspired in part by the movie Pulp Fiction.
2. It has pirates.
3. Although The Smell of Gas is my third published full-length novel, it was the first one I ever wrote. The manuscript has undergone innumerable revisions since I finished the first draft in February 2006.
4. I usually write erotic romance. The Smell of Gas has erotic elements, but is a crime thriller. It’s the first of two thrillers I co-wrote with my husband, who goes by the pen name Tit Elingtin.
5. Tim Kawaguchi, yoga instructor and former police officer, gets his first name from another fictional character: Detective Tim Bayliss of the 1990s TV show Homicide: Life on the Streets. I’m a huge HLOTS fan and Bayliss was always my favorite character.
6. Athena’s story about God and the devil being married came from a dream I had one night.
7. Writing this book required research into classical Satanism and the physiology of heroin addiction.
8. The original title of this book was Whip.
9. The Smell of Gas as a title is meant to evoke fumes of gasoline. The importance of gasoline to the plot will be apparent after one reads the first chapter.
10. The virtual book tour for The Smell of Gas will be going on through May 31st. Tour dates and links can be found at http://erinoriordan.blogspot.com/2011/04/smell-of-gas-virtual-book-tour.html
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