Over the holidays a family friend was reading an ARC of The Lotus Eaters, and he mentioned that he really would have liked a map to glance at. I've been in love with maps all my life so that was all I needed to go on the big map quest. The publisher was enthusiastic and then came the trouble. We needed a map with the old borders from 1965-1975. We wanted details, but not so many that it was difficult to find anything. We spent many, many weeks poring over hundreds of maps, and nothing was quite right. And then my husband, an artist, who was tired of listening to me said, "Well, I can just draw it!" The result is beautiful, I think. It reminds me of a treasure map. It seems like something my character might have sketched down in anticipation a trip, or a record of where she has been.