Today it’s my turn on the tour for The Trouble with Seduction and I have a guest post from Victoria Hanlen herself in which she talks about where her inspiration comes from. There is also a giveaway at the bottom of the post if you fancy your chance at a £15 Amazon giftcard.
Rebellious, Scandalous and Irredeemable
Sarah, Lady Strathford is ready for a little harmless frivolity with a man of her own age and her own appetites…surely that’s not too much to ask! After the death of her beloved husband years before Sarah is ready for an adventure… Enter the dashing, roguish – and baffling – Mr. Cornelius Ravenhill.
Ravenhill, however, is not the gentleman he seems, and soon Sarah finds herself battling against the corrupt and harsh world around her as it threatens to destroy all she holds dear. The question is, will her seduction at the hands of Mr. Ravenhill prove to be her saviour or her downfall?
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WHERE DO I GET INSPIRATION FOR MY STORIES?
Ideas for my stories come anywhere, anytime. I never know quite when the muse will strike. Relaxing and thinking about something totally unrelated to writing, taking a shower, upon waking in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning seems to be when ideas spring into my head.
I’ve found that one good idea is not enough for a novel. It takes many that complement one another, even if they don’t immediately appear to jell.
Historical stories require research, and the past is populated with a treasure trove of interesting people. Their lives can be studied and dissected to discover unusual personalities and occupations. Many times they have unconventional talents and/or the path of their life takes a bizarre twist or turn.
I also like to combine the strengths and foibles of several characters and layer them into one. Then I place them in a situation where their talents and weaknesses war with one another. That stirs up all kinds of interesting internal and external conflict.
History books frequently include little nuggets of information that inspire ideas, as do historical homes. Their owner’s idiosyncrasies often reveal themselves in their design and possessions. One historical home I visited wasn’t particularly ostentatious, but it contained priceless artifacts. The occupants surrounded themselves with mementos of their travels—some quite ancient and exquisite. Their home and collection said much about their life, interests and personality.
Another place I get ideas is by touring unusual museums. I find that seeing an actual historical artifact is far more illuminating than reading a description of it or seeing its picture in a book or on the internet.
Since my stories take place from 1850 to 1865, I’ve been through a number of train and ship museums. I’ve explored museums with nineteenth century tools, furniture, clothes, jewelry, wagons, carriages, telegraphs, clocks, photographic equipment, guns and cannon, and entertainment flyers. I’ve even toured a recreation of a nineteenth century village with all the many different kinds of stores and have been to an American Civil War reenactment.
The main thing I’ve realized is that, like the mind and body, the creative well needs nourishment. I make sure I take excursions to see and experience something totally new and interesting in order to keep it full and percolating.
About Victoria: Award winning, historical romance author, VICTORIA HANLEN, has worked at a wide range of jobs, from fashion, to corporate business, to treading the boards of stage and professional opera. A lifelong writer, she once put her skills to use in PR and advertising. But her favorite form of writing is stories with happily-ever-afters.
Additionally, she likes to bake (especially pies), paint (especially barns with cows), and take photographs (especially of sunsets and critters) Victoria and her husband live in rural New England surrounded by a host of wildlife.