Into the Web - Inside the Michaels' Home
The Michaels family plays a vital role in Into the Web.
Leland Michaels is the patriarch of this small family. A mayoral candidate, Leland is charismatic, charming, and usually able to finagle his way out of any problem. His status in the story, in more than one way, causes strife for him and others around him.
Jocelyn Michaels is the epitome of the strong, black woman. She is loving, catering to both her husband and daughter. She is intelligent, using her mind in her career as partner in a prestigious law firm. Her life prior to college was a rough one, but all of her experiences have played a role in her being who she is today. Her strength, as a wife and mother, is tested in Into the Web, and a secret from her past has the ability to destroy others’ relationships.
Jennifer Michaels is the lone child of Leland and Jocelyn. By all accounts, she is a well-rounded girl–quirky, talented, artistic with deep feelings. One decision she makes after hearing what she thinks is a life-changing argument puts her life in great peril.
A few years ago, as I was playing with an idea for the second Double Inkwell novel, I started looking at pictures on the web, thinking about homes that my characters lived in, the style(s) of their furnishings.
I knew that Jocelyn was definitely someone who believed in the American Dream. Despite her rough growing up and the pains she’d endured, she saw herself as someone who pulled herself up by her boot straps and wrangled all opportunities before her and succeeded. I knew she’d want a space that somehow reflected her dream ideals.When I found the pictures below, I thought, Her home looks like this. The first picture screams for a white picket fence! Jocelyn is a mixture of traditional, comfy, patriotic. In fact, a sitting room in her room is called The American Dream.