Monday, January 26, 2015

Locations and inspiration

Court of the Two Sisters
I get inspired by all kinds of things. Sometimes its a song, a ton of times it's a picture and other times, it's a location. That's what happened to me with Just Desserts. I was in New Orleans, walking around at night when I was at RT last year and got inspired. I will say that from looking at all the art on display in Jackson Square, that everyone has the same reaction to the city. There is history everywhere, ghost stories, magic, amazing architecture and the music and art overflows. I of course was ready to move there. Put me in the quarter, put me in the Garden District and I would be content. Of course there are real world considerations, so that's where my characters come in. They can live wherever I want them to. So I wrote my cookbook novella and that's where Boone lives, in NOLA, so I get a little wish fulfillment by living vicariously through him. It's really sort of wonderful. He gets to live in a city I'm in love with and I get to go along for the ride.

I love Chicago, clearly, which is why so many of my people live there. Jory and Sam live where I used to, Miro and Ian eat at my favorite places, and live where I would love to now. San Francisco, another favorite, my warders live there and Tracy and Cord and I lived there a long time ago when I was young.

Lately, I've also fallen in love with the idea of small towns but not sleepy southern ones but touristy ones by the ocean like Seaside, hence the inspiration for Mangrove.
Seaside, Florida
I try to never write about places I've never been with the exception of Egypt, but I'd love to go someday. Here's hoping.

I hope everyone has an awesome, productive, week. :)

1 comment:

  1. To me, the love for the places your characters live in gives the reader that special connection to the place. It makes it more real. Just another reason to to love your stories.