What images inspire/ represent your WIP?for The Desired.
Like I've said before, place is as much a character in my stories as any person. The idea for Sara and her story came to me about a year and a half ago while I was in the cemetery in my "hometown" in Portugal. As I stood in the middle of a granite walkway (swaying a little bit from my constant low blood pressure,) I could just see ghostly figures weaving amoungst the tombs and the entire place flowing back to how it had looked centuries ago. From that moment forward, I couldn't look at a new place without thinking of this shift and how it would affect my nameless teenage character. Ghosts of places and people became my constant companions everywhere I went that year.
But, to really have a story, first there had to be a place. Sara's grandparents' house and land is a mish-mosh loosely based on my maternal grandparents' properties with a bit of my paternal grandparents' mountainy home thrown into the mix.
|My family's yard. In the foreground- a rosemary bush, in the background, orange trees and roses.|
|There's a tiny stable on the righthand side, but this house isn't being used now. |
This was mostly used for storage and as an occasional overnight shelter for farmworkers.
|One of the shopping avenues in Coimbra. Charming, but pricey!|
|A double tomb carved in a huge stone on my great-uncle's property.|
According to a local historian, this is likely early medieval. Tombs like these litter the landscape.
|Taken with my grandfather's old bellows-style Polaroid camera. My shoes are too modern!!!|
This is the outdoor stairway that leads to my bedroom (cool, isn't it?!?!?!?)
And this last picture wasn't taken in Portugal, but definitely still captures the feel of Sara's world:
|Taken on the grounds at Drumthwacket, the NJ governor's residence.|
I love how the light flooded out this image.
(all of the images above are mine...)