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Whisper Photos


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!


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The Roman skyline at dusk
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Me standing before the Colosseum
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The Roman Colosseum
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Inside the Colosseum. The paved part represents what the spectators
saw—the unpaved part reveals the ancient ruins of the world beneath
the arena.
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Roman soldiers!
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Me enjoying the view from the very same restaurant where
Bodhi and Buttercup wait for Riley's return
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View of the Colosseum from the restaurant
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The remains of the ancient ludus (gladiatorial training school)
where Riley goes in search of The Pillar of Doom
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Closer view of the ancient ludus
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The Colosseum and the ludus
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The gondolas of Venice
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Venice at dusk!
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The magnificent Venetian waterways
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Me enjoying a gondola ride
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The majestic Venetian skyline
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Venetian Carnival couture
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Venetian gown