Note: This is the fifth of six posts going behind the scenes of my writing process — what inspires me, the way I work, and how I recharge. For links to the rest of the posts, scroll down.
Some memories wedge themselves so deep that they become your defining image of a person you love.
When I remember my grandpa, I see him standing before a long, wooden workbench in his garage. The open door spills light across his collection of not-junk to fix, the bare metal gleaming here and there where the sun hits just right.
The stairs from the back porch creak as I skip down to the cool concrete floor and tell him it’s time to wash up for dinner.
He already knows; he’s wiping his grease-stained hands on an equally grease-stained rag, and he smiles at me.
My grandpa was a tinkerer with machines; I like to think I follow in his footsteps with words.
In An Accidental Gentleman, I give Kit, the heroine, a similar relationship with her own grandpa. Because that’s my defining image of fiction: The stories are made up, but the emotions are all real.
Going behind the scenes
- Post 1: On setting the right writing mood
- Post 2: On creating the right writing space
- Post 3: On writing ‘likeable’ heroines
- Post 4: On taking a break to recharge
- Post 5: On embracing the power of memories
- Post 6: On finding inspiration and joy through stories