I’ve searched for months for images to match what I saw in my mind as I wrote Sweet Liberation. None of these are perfect, but each one speaks to me. Imagination is a wondrous, fascinating, and sometimes crazy thing. People often ask from where my stories come. I don’t know how to explain it really, other than, it’s like a movie scrolling through my mind. I “see” everything, hear, smell, taste, and even feel what each of my characters experiences. I do my best to describe the most important facets of every scene without going overboard.
What you see as you read may be totally different than what I saw, and that’s okay. So long as you enjoy what your mind conjures. Of their own accord, these images are pretty cool and each has a tale to tell. Speculate away! Continue reading
Research! It leads me down paths I never expected to travel. In Sweet Liberation, Lady Joanna spends a great deal of time on the earl of Sener’s frigate. I needed to know the layout of the ship in order to accurately portray how the couple and crew would live and interact with each other in their floating castle. This image, while a bit difficult to decipher at first, helped me tremendously, along with Ship’s Miscellany: A Guide to the Royal Navy of Jack Aubrey by Michael O’Mara Books Limited.
This image of the HMS Surprise was the inspiration for Sweet Liberation.
How do you get motivated?
For me, it’s digging into research. It’s been a long time since I wrote a pirate story and I’ve lost some of my familiarity with tallships. I’ve recently discovered I can’t write my story and leave blanks to fill in later–there’d be way too many blanks. I also need to find some pirate romances to read to get me in the right frame of mind. It’s difficult to switch from a Regency to the early 18th century, too. Clothing, figures of speech, political atmosphere, etc. bring the story to life–I need to research those things, as well. The next scene in my wip is almost ready. Today’s research will see me through this week’s writing.
And if I haven’t said this before–I love researching almost as much as writing. 🙂