I have collections—of paintings and favorite objects. All themed.
Dragons—Several picture books, two large, original oil paintings done by an artist friend of mine, the complete collection of McDonald’s Kid’s Meals toys from How To Train Your Dragon. Dragon figurines in ceramic, carved jade, and wood.
Fairies—A ton of textbooks, a large watercolor by another artist friend, four small oil paintings by the same friend, and a wooden fairy door—all nailed to the wall above my desk.
Vikings—More picture books, a Viking warrior’s ceramic, gold-painted bust, a mini-longboat (that just happens to burn incense).
I’m starting on bears and wolves now, and looking for small figurines I can cup inside my hand, maybe carved in stone, because I like to be able to feel them and play with them. Does that sound strange? I suppose it might to some. But I find that tactile and visual stimulation helps loosen Mr. Muse’s firm grip deep inside my subconscious brain. Then I can drag him clawing into the light. That’s when I start to write.
One of my latest releases was the cowboy romance, True Heart. For this book, I didn’t need figurines or paintings. I had only to close my eyes and remember what a working ranch looks like, what the cowboys wore, and listen to my memories of how they spoke. I lived in South Texas for nine years and my home sat on the edge of a ranch in the Hill Country. Prime cowboy territory. It’s still so vivid I don’t need to pull out the photos. But one day I might. And then they’ll be sitting on the wall above my PC talking to my muse while I stare at my screen and type exactly what he says.
Strange? Yeah, but I’m a writer. They have meds for folks who don’t have a reason to live in a fantasy world. I’m luckier than those poor souls. My fantasies pay the bills.
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Delilah Devlin is an award-winning author with a rapidly expanding reputation for writing deliciously edgy stories with complex characters. Whether creating dark, erotically-charged paranormal worlds or richly descriptive westerns that ring with authenticity, Delilah Devlin “pens in uncharted territory that will leave the readers breathless and hungering for more…” Delilah is the author of over seventy stories, published with Berkley, Avon, Kensington, Ellora’s Cave and Samhain. www.DelilahDevlin.com
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