Only two days until I publish Reunion of the Heart! Hooray! And continuing with my posts about different aspects of Reunion of the Heart, today I wanted to talk about my inspiration for the book.
A while ago I had an invite to a reunion at one of my old schools. I didn’t go. My school days were really miserable – probably more so than my MC Anna’s, although not quite in the same way.
But for a long time now I’ve been fascinated by the concept of school reunions and what it’s like to revisit your past like that. Would it be an enjoyable time? Would it be horrendous? What would it be like to be reunited with your ex fellow pupils?
Another aspect of a school reunion which I find really interesting is the way everyone changes physically over the years. For example I often see photos of people on Facebook who I haven’t seen for a long time and I’ll think ‘Wow they look so different’. It’s not necessarily just that they’re older – perhaps they’ve put on weight or they’ve got dark circles under their eyes from running around after their kids!
Whatever the case I found the concept of a school reunion really appealing and I thought it would make a great story. What happens when a young woman returns to her school for a reunion, to the place where she was so unhappy? And why would she subject herself to it if her schooldays had made her so miserable?
The story unfolded pretty well as I began to write it. I had to think of what my MC’s day job would be and I thought it would be great if she was a successful, published author. What I’d love to be, I won’t deny it! So that was really fun too, to come up with a pseudonym she could use and how she felt about her success amongst other things.
Wouldn’t that be lovely, to be earning a living as a writer and to have your own agent, as my MC does? Anyway dreams aside, having my main character be an author worked so well. Because she thinks like a writer: she can picture lovely views in her mind, even when there isn’t one there; she imagines what people might say before they’ve said it and sometimes she overdoes it and lets her imagination run away with her and she’ll imagine negative things.
Being an author myself I was able to write realistically about the writing process. It did require a bit of research – on the role of agents for one thing – but I felt that I was able to write authentically about how it feels to be a writer. Of course I haven’t had the success that my character has had, but I could imagine what it would feel like to be successful – and the minuses of success as well as the pluses.
So that’s about all I want to say about my inspiration for Reunion of the Heart.
What’s your inspiration for your writing? Do you write from experience or do you have to research a great deal?