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
See the end result of M.Q.’s emotionally charged writing style in the Neighborly Affection series and the Gentleman series. Her next book is An Accidental Gentleman, out August 16, 2016.