I use twig-words to build my nest. Inside it I place my plot, characters, theme and voice, being careful not to crush their fragile shells. I nurture them until they have hatched and sprouted strong wings.* The fledglings fly from the nest - a small flock ready to make its way in the wide world.
*Ugly Fact: weaklings may be ejected from the nest.
YA Novel TENDRIL
SOME OF MY VISUAL INSPIRATIONS FOR TENDRIL
A Contemporary Gothic reimagining of Rapunzel (seeking representation).
According to the family curse Opal MacBride's albinism and magical living hair will prevent her from finding true love.These aberrations also incite a lustful obsession within the men of her own family.
Nineteenth Century Sisters with Albinism
My favorite cemetery in Portsmouth, NH
(the inspiration for Hope Cemetery)
Cemetery in Maine
Pere Lachaise Cemetery in Paris - that's me, on the right ;-)