Meet My Muse with Lilliana Rose
My muse comes to me in many different forms. I like to think of her as a Greek goddess, with angel wings, playing a lap harp. But she can certainly arrive on the dark wings of a harpy with a whip in hand.
The times when she decides to turn up varies. It can be when I’m listening to music, drinking coffee or red wine, walking along the beach, vacuuming, travelling (trains are the best), watching TV, driving in the car (makes it difficult to write down notes but I have been known to scribble at traffic lights!), at 3am. But she comes most regularly when I’m at cafes, so I try and go out for coffee a lot.
The Clockwork Heart came to me when I was doing housework – my mind was obviously bored, or maybe I wanted an excuse to stop! A clear image popped into existence in my mind; a lady, Libby, falling back on pillows from a fight and then wanting to get up for more.
I started the story from this scene (writing at my local cafe) and while my muse had given me the start I had to come up with the rest. What I did with this story was use the image with Libby falling back on the pillows as a way in to get to know her. Then when she gets up there’s someone wanting to help, Helen, and then I had two main characters to work with.
The more I wrote, the more I discovered that there was something between them that was keeping Libby and Helen apart. Another woman, Scarlett, found a role in the plot and suddenly a story was taking shape faster than I could write.
I’m more of a pantser and I tend to write my way into the story. This means I have to trust my muse and that the inspiration she’s given me will lead me down the right path (and not the garden path away from all the action and tension!).
The Clockwork Heart
Haunted by a past lover and left with scars so deep Libby gave up her life as an explorer, she spends her day trying to avoid bad memories and training ruthlessly with Helen, the woman she hired to teach her self-defense. Helen is beautiful, appealing, and could be what Libby needs to climb out of her past once and for all.
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