Music and Literature
They say you should always write about what you know. In my case, as I am a musician (singer, conductor, teacher), that is what I set out to do; how to wind the life of an international musician into the story as it unfolds, what goes on in the mind of a player, how my heroine would react to murder and stalking—These I tried to put into words.
In the end I found myself having sympathy for the murderer and stalker, mainly because he had been given a hard deal in life, turning into a hideous and dreadful person in the process. Why Jean, the heroine, couldn't completely condemn him was a theme running through the book. It is perhaps how I would have felt.
But where did my ideas come from. ?
At first it was a poem. One that I wrote many years ago, then one day I expanded on the poem. One chapter became two, and so on. Suddenly I had a book on the go and it became a fascinating process. Events happened as I wrote. I didn't plan my story, it sort of developed on its own.
It was fun writing about my world of music, remembering what it was like to walk out in front of an audience, the emotions that were part of the performing process. At the same time, I became quite fond of my characters. Fretted that they were getting on alright, worried that the heroine was in danger.
I re-created situations from experience. Many years ago I did stay in a hotel in the highlands. So I made my heroine go there, where she found a magical little man that she felt sure had come down from the glens to help her. So there I used an experience and mixed it with fantasy.
Every chapter was taken from my own experiences: The Edinburgh Festival, Drottingham opera house, Covent Garden, Moscow. It was fun to go back to these places in my mind. I never found a waiter like Raskolnikov in Moscow, but I had fun creating him!