For Miasma, I used Hawaii as a basis for my fictional country — culture, religion, setting, everything. I went there in the 1980s, so I was definitely enjoying the research. I started with the tour books and went through not only the ones for the Big Island, but also the other islands. In one of the tour books, I discovered Chinaman’s Hat or Mokolii Island. It’s an island that’s only about half a mile away from the shore, so you can swim to it or take a canoe or surfboard. Kind of cool thinking about an island you can swim out to. Since one of the first things I came up with for Miasma was a fight on a island, this was a great find to help me with my story. The photo is from PhotoBucket.