This Thursday, I will be going to the National Portrait Gallery to attend a talk by author Tracy Chevalier. I have read all of Chevalier's books and I have loved all of them.
She will be speaking about the small exhibition that's on at the Gallery at the moment, Imagined Lives, which consists of "fourteen portraits of people whose identities are uncertain." Authors such as Julian Fellowes, Terry Pratchett and Joanna Trollope have written short texts describing the (imagined) lives of the sitters.
That's something I really enjoy as a writer: putting together imagined lives, creating people out of scratch, giving them an appearance, an experience, a personality... I have all of them in my head, as well as all the settings, places, objects... I am a very visual writer and always work from images, even drawing my characters on paper!
I cannot wait to get back to The Book of Thoth. My characters have been waiting for me to pick up the pen again (well, the keyboard most of the time) and have been left sitting around a big dinner table in 1925 for the past three months! Bet you they hate each other by now... Hang on, most of them do already!
I think therefore I write.
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