Writing from more than 2,000 miles away, Callanan relied heavily on the Internet and local contacts to garner the necessary details about the Newport Beach locale, visiting twice while on Thanksgiving vacation from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where he is an assistant professor of English.
"It was so cold where I was writing, and I think that made my descriptions of Newport Beach even more vivid," Callanan said, joking that he is waiting for global warming to turn Milwaukee into a "hot Riviera." "I could really imagine what the sunshine and the palm trees were like while I was freezing."
As recognized in the book's acknowledgments, Ed O' Sullivan of Newport Beach served as one of Callanan's geographers/historians. O'Sullivan formerly worked in a Los Angeles-based law firm with the author's father for many years.