Conventions

Those Literary Treasures

I know this isn’t my “normal” posting time. But my timezone is different. We left the other day on a jet plane:

[On the runway at London Heathrow, April 22, 2019. Photo by me.]

Hello from upstate New York! Thanks to Instagram you may already know this is where I am for a couple of weeks:

On a more serious note…

[Catskills, New York. Photo by me, 2019.]

…I wrote a few weeks ago about this Carola Oman 1953 biography of British General Sir John Moore (1761-1809). I realized I wanted it for research for my current manuscript. It was indeed on a bookshelf here in the Catskills:

[Photo by me, 2019.]

[Sir John Moore by Carola Oman, 1953.]

It is the first edition too!:

[Photo by me, 2019.]

I’d bought it in a used bookstore in the Isles of Scilly, England in 2005… for £12.

It is coming back to Britain with me.

A long-deceased British general may be of no interest to you, I know. Maybe some early 19th century fashion? Here, in a painting reproduced in the book, are the daughters of one of Moore’s subordinates:

[Photo by me, 2019.]

Who are they?:

[Photo by me, 2019.]

That is right out of Jane Austen – who wrote her books in the 1810s.

From where do writers find ideas? I’ve discovered it may well be based upon what truly interests and inspires – and even to degrees perhaps obsesses – us, and we hope therefore will interest readers as well.

In my case, combine the likes of the past such as that above…

[Catskills, New York. Photo by me, 2019.]

…and aspects of our present that could have existed in that past, and we may get, say, a fictional “1840” here in the Catskills:

[Excerpt from Conventions: The Garden At Paris, on Kindle for iPhone/iPad. Click to expand.]

And that is from where a novel, or novels, may come.

Have a good, wherever you are – day or night – in the world. 🙂