Sunday, April 24, 2016

Inspiration: Pont de l'Archevêché - the Lock Bridge

*Pont de l'Archevêché and Notre Dame, Paris France, April 2014. Photo by Kiki Hamilton

Inspiration comes in many forms, from many places and often when least expected.  As a writer, lots of things can spark that creative impulse to craft a story - a picture, a thought, a question, a piece of history.

I think I may have heard of 'The Lock Bridge' first in ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins - one of mine and my daughter's favorite YA contemp stories. It is a bridge in Paris, where lovers go, and as a symbol of their unbreakable love, they put a lock on the bridge and throw away the key in the Seine River. How romantic is that??

Anyway, I knew when we went to Paris, we would need to go see the bridge for ourselves.

Let me tell you - pictures do not do it justice!  The locks (which the City of Paris is now cutting off because they are so heavy they were concerned they would cause the bridge to fail) are ten and twelve deep the entire length of the bridge and on both sides! It’s incredible!! There are locks on top of locks on top of locks - which speaks to our universal desire  - wouldn't we all wish to have never-ending love?

But it also speaks of our unfailing ability to hope. Pont de l'Archevêché is inspiring in many ways and then to have the grace and beautiful of Notre-Dame Cathedral as a backdrop – Wow!  

As I sit down on this Sunday to write, I feel inspired and hopeful.  What is some of your inspiration? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!


Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Inspiration: The Luck of Edenhall

     *The Luck of Edenhall on display at the V&A Museum, London, England, April 2014. Photo by Kiki Hamilton

Inspiration is an interesting thing. Oftentimes, it comes when you're least expecting it, or from a source you might never imagine.  For me, inspiration usually starts in the form of a question.... 'What if...' 

The other part of the equation, more often than not, involves a secret... for instance, What if the British Court had a secret alliance with the world of the Fey?  Which is the premise of my FAERIE RING series.

Take the Luck of Edenhall, seen above.  This chalice plays an important role in THE SEVEN YEAR KING, Book Three of THE FAERIE RING series. Dating back to at least the 14th Century, today the Victoria and Albert Museum in London proudly displays this cup and says it is "one of the most famous objects displayed in the V&A." In its description, the museum claims, "Traditionally this cup is said to have belonged to the fairies. When disturbed, they fled and left it behind, crying, 'If this cup should break and fall, farewell the luck of Edenhall!'"

So what should one believe? If the world-famous V&A Museum is suggesting a connection between this real-world item and the world of the Fey - I think the only logical question to ask is... WHAT IF? And to start writing..... :-)

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