The Inspiration for the Snippet Below

I am a very visual writer: I like using photographs or pictures for putting my settings together. (If you would like to find out what places inspired the settings of THE LILY BRAND, go to the Secrets of THE LILY BRAND page on my website.)

For evoke a specific feeling or atmosphere, however, I sometimes rely on other sources than just pictures of places. When I wrote the snippet I posted yesterday, I used LUNA, a painting by Alphonse Mucha, for inspirational purposes. And the prologue for BEWITCHED opens with a panorama of the English Midlands, which was inspired by Tennyon’s “Lady of Shalott”:

On either side the river lie
Long fields of barley and of rye,
That clothe the wold and meet the sky
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
By the margin, willow veil’d,
Slide the heavy barges trail’d
By slow horses; and unhail’d
The shallop flitteth silken-sail’d
Skimming down to Camelot . . .

So the prologue shows field and meadows divided by a canal, and on the water a barge full of Black Country coal. :O)