Logan being from Rochester, New York has absolutely nothing to do with the Goo Goo Dolls and Logan moving Suzi back there in the middle of the story is totally coincidental.
Here’s what happened.
I have a very good friend who grew up in Rochester so I had a great line on exactly what the city was like without having to do a lot of legwork. My friend is perfectly acclimated to getting emails from me about the weather in Rochester in July, the powers of first responders in an alternate present where serious viruses are rampant and how one would name batches of human clones. In previous conversations, my friend and I had also concluded that the city I lived in at the time I was writing the book and Rochester had a lot of similarities in architecture, population and development arc thanks to the Erie Canal so I was living in a perfect research situation. I finished my book and moved on to the next one.
In the course of researching that one, took a liking to the song “Slide.” Because I am the person I am and because I was working on books about rock stars, I started researching the Goo Goo Dolls. The arc of John Rzeznik’s life interested me.
And then it hit me that not only had a sort of mirrored his life in Let Me Be The One, but also in Heaven Beside You (in Jason’s backstory, but at that time the book was already out under another title so you know I couldn’t have just lifted it.)
So now I’m wondering. Why do I sweat blood trying to make up stuff up when I could just write what really happened and change the names?
Nah, that wouldn’t be as much fun.
Maybe someday I’ll tell you the story of how I made up Firefly two years before it aired.