Sometimes a writer’s journey is more than just staring out a coffee shop window, daydreaming. Sometimes those dreams take on reality . . . like when I skipped across the pond in May to roam the wilds of England.
I know what you’re thinking. England—Wild? Sheesh. The only thing dangerous over there are the roundabouts.
To which I reply, Ahh, perhaps, but only if you’re looking through the lens of the present. A historical fiction author sees everything through the eyes of the past—and therein the danger lies. . . .
This serene landscape becomes the battleground of knights in armor, duking it out to the death.
An old Victorian town lives again when you play dress-up. And lest you think there’s nothing dangerous about that, let’s see you cinch yourself up in a pair of whalebone stays!
A beautiful river, yes, but waterborne diseases were always a threat, killers such as typhoid or cholera.
The point is that no matter where you visit, there’s always a story from the past to uncover. For example, the highlight of my trip was visiting the Norton Conyers House, the manor home that was the inspiration for Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The house has been closed to the public for the past fifteen years and has only recently reopened. At first I thought it was because the uppity owners didn’t want gawkers roaming into their private space. Wrong. An even more historical reason warranted the closing of this house—the death watch beetle. These insects feed on medieval timbers, which are the sole support of this great house, having been built in 1600.
This summer, as you go vacationing about, I challenge you to dig deep and uncover stories from the past. And if you’d like a historical collection of short stories to toss into your beach bag, here’s a blurb on my newest release, THE DOCTOR’S WOMAN (part of the Courageous Brides Collection):
EMMALINE LARSON is no stranger to loss. Living in a land as wild as the natives who roam it, she’s lost her father and her betrothed, and when DR. JAMES CLARK crashes into her world, she loses the last thing left to her — her heart.
Michelle Griep’s been writing since she first discovered blank wall space and Crayolas. She is the author of THE CAPTIVE HEART, BRENTWOOD’S WARD, A HEART DECEIVED, UNDERCURRENT and GALLIMORE. If you’d like to keep up with her escapades, find her at www.michellegriep.com or www.writerofftheleash.blogspot.com or on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest.