This week’s song, from Florence + The Machines, is courtesy of New York Times Bestselling Author Deborah Harkness and her YouTube playlist for the heroine of her All Souls Trilogy, Diana Bishop.
Many writers have a time in their lives when they’ve unintentionally walked away from writing. For some it’s school, for others it’s family, and for a few it’s simply the need to walk away and refill their creativity well. Ten years ago, I stopped writing due to the overwhelming workload at college. Then when I left school, I never went back to the writing. I was in my early twenties and simply forgot about all the fun I had with creating characters, worlds and stories. But when A Discovery of Witches was released, everything changed and I rediscovered my love of the writing craft. The creativity well was full, and way too many characters were ready to have their stories told. 🙂
Here’s a blurb for the book that will forever be known, in my heart, as my “reawakening”:
When historian Diana Bishop opens a bewitched alchemical manuscript in Oxford’s Bodleian Library it represents an unwelcome intrusion of magic into her carefully ordinary life. Though descended from a long line of witches, she is determined to remain untouched by her family’s legacy. She banishes the manuscript to the stacks, but Diana finds it impossible to hold the world of magic at bay any longer.
For witches are not the only otherworldly creatures living alongside humans. There are also creative, destructive daemons and long-lived vampires who become interested in the witch’s discovery. They believe that the manuscript contains important clues about the past and the future, and want to know how Diana Bishop has been able to get her hands on the elusive volume.
Chief among the creatures who gather around Diana is vampire Matthew Clairmont, a geneticist with a passion for Darwin. Together, Diana and Matthew embark on a journey to understand the manuscript’s secrets. But the relationship that develops between the ages-old vampire and the spellbound witch threatens to unravel the fragile peace that has long existed between creatures and humans—and will certainly transform Diana’s world as well
Here’s a cool factoid about Diana: Her power as a witch extends to abilities such as Witch Fire, Witch Wind, and Witch Water (this last one is most likely why this song is on Diana’s playlist). Most witches in the All Souls Trilogy world are gifted with only one of these abilities. So having all three in a witch who’s denied her legacy her entire life? Yeah, there’s bound to be magical “accidents” that make for a intriguing and unforgettable story.
What about you? Is there a book that inspired you to write? Or maybe a book that inspired you in other facets of your life? Have you ever taken a “writing break”? What brought you back to your love of the craft?