No doubt Laure and Dan are the stars of The Roaring Road. But there is a real Laure and I am in the process of finalizing arrangements to lease a Time Machine so that I can go to the 1920s and interview the people who put the Roar into The Roaring Road - Louise Brooks and her 'sister' Laure and her boyfriend Dan. Now there may be those of you who deny there can be such a thing as a Time Machine, but I can prove it because I am the writer and I have a writer's license [flashes badge that looks a little bit like it came from a box of cereal - the Road Trip Dog wakes up from his nap, lifts up his head, rolls his eyes, puts his head between his paws and goes back to sleep].
After signing the lease contract I will enter the Time Machine and set the controls to visit Laure and Dan. My first visit will be timed to occur right after they meet. Future visits on my bucket list are at Dorothy Davenport's lawn party and other incidents through the story. There is no specific plan other than to visit Laure and Dan and get their views on what is happening, what they are thinking, and I would guess that once they know I am the author they will tell me what they think of me.
The Time Machine will also allow me to continue research for the sequel to The Roaring Road, planned for publishing this summer or early fall. If I get a chance I want to drive that Duesenberg Model X and the Doble Steam automobile, and most certainly will include visiting a couple of speakeasies that Laure and Dan frequently visit. I hope Laure or Louise (or both!) will teach me how to do The Charleston, 1920s style.
I will of course obey the Time Travelers Rules. That is, do not change anything, and do not bring any modern things that could affect the timeline of history. This means that I will have to write my interview notes just like an old-fashioned news reporter and type them up on a period correct manual typewriter. No modern cameras, no computers or cell phones (there would be no one to call anyway). But maybe I can bring something back, like a bottle of Montanari wine. I'd love to bring back a Duesenberg Model X or a Pacific 4-6-2 steam locomotive, but I'm told that those would not fit into the Time Machine. Even a writer's license has its limits.