I’m pleased to welcome to the blog today someone who moves in the most elevated circles – the Historical Novel Society and the Romantic Novelists Association. John Jackson is launching his first historical novel, Heart of Stone, today. He tells us how he became a writer and how his own family tree provided some colourful characters to write about. Take it away, John.
Author Jennifer C. Wilson kindly invited me to her blog to talk about a place that inspires me. No contest – it has to be Corsica, so I’m writing about the village that inspired The House at Zaronza…
Happy Sunday everyone – the last before December kicks in… Today, we’re travelling to Corsica, with Vanessa Couchman. It’s somewhere I’ve always thought of visiting, but never quite got around to, so I’m sure I’ll be tempted after this!
Hidden Treasure in Corsica
Thank you for inviting me, Jennifer. My special place inspires me as a writer, is also special to one of my characters and is a setting for my story.
The Mediterranean island of Corsica is a place apart. The finger-like spur of Cap Corse in the north-eastern corner has a distinct feel of its own. The village of Nonza is reached by a switchback road that runs around the cape.
Nonza clings to a rocky pinnacle between the mountains and the cobalt-blue sea far below. We stayed at Casa Maria, a B&B off the village square. This typical Corsican house is foursquare and unadorned, but has superb…
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I am a procrastinator par excellence. My motto is, “Why do something today if you can put it off until tomorrow?” I wrote my university essays at midnight, fuelled by industrial-strength coffee; I submit my competition entries at the last minute; and I’m often to be found tapping away frantically with a client’s deadline looming only hours away.
Should you go back to places that have a special significance in your memory, or where you have found inspiration? It can turn out to be disappointing. They might have changed beyond recognition, or the magic you experienced might simply have dissipated.
So, it was with some misgivings that I recently revisited the Corsican village where I found the inspiration for my novel House at Zaronza. But something rather exciting happened while we were there.