A picture – 1000 words

Three weeks in Paris and more than 1,000 photos – a source of marvellous inspiration for the next novel, working title Camille & Mariele. Yesterday I browsed the photos and lost myself for a while remembering the time spent surrounded by that city’s wonders, sounds, charm and history. I’m eager to bring so many of them alive in the story, however I know I must restrain myself.

So far I’ve worked a few in:

Camille meets Mariele wearing this dress
Camille meets Mariele wearing this dress
Marilee's mother's writing desk
Mariele’s mother’s writing desk
Camille does needlework like that in the fire screen
Camille does needlework like that in the fire screen
staircase in the Noisette home
staircase in the Noisette home
Mariele buys tea here on an outing with Bertrand
Mariele buys tea here on an outing with Bertrand
during the siege of Paris, Camille hurries by this fountain
during the siege of Paris, Camille hurries by this fountain

 

 

Sometimes I make only a passing reference while at other times I describe more detail. Whatever the case, looking at the photos helps keep me in nineteenth century Paris.

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M.K. Tod writes historical fiction and blogs about all aspects of the genre at A Writer of History. Her latest novel, TIME AND REGRET will be published by Lake Union on August 16, 2016. Mary’s other novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED are available from Amazon, NookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She can be contacted on Facebook, Twitter and Goodreads or on her website www.mktod.com.

 

 

 

 

3 thoughts on “A picture – 1000 words”

  1. Good research material (and inspiration), Mary! I’ve been to The Commando Museum myself and found it fascinating (and took my own photos, too ;-). BTW, I’m sure you know this, but looking at your top photo reminded me: there are books available about dress construction and patterns for just about any time period. I found mine at my university library. Lots of details on the cuts, materials used, etc. Mine (can’t recall the title offhand) included both men’s and women’s clothing.

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