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A long-lost plant hunter’s journal leads Evangeline to Chile on a quest for the World Tree. Can a tree heal her past? When Evangeline comes across a Victorian plant hunter’s journal at Kew, it is the sign she’s been waiting for. Its author, Edwin ‘Chile’ Morgan, claims to have discovered a living myth:  the World Continue Reading

Magic mode: magic(al) realism and the author

If you are confused by the term ‘magic realism’, you’re not alone. The wide variety of novels and short stories all claiming to be magic realism can be bewildering, ranging as they do across romance, family saga, historical fiction, fantasy, science fiction, surrealist, fabulist, slipstream, absurdist and weird fiction. How can this be? In literature, Continue Reading

Lost & Waiting: the Exhibition

Art is all around us. From the masterpieces in a museum to an advertisement, from cinema to a shoe style, from a conversation overheard to an obscure news article, the choice between tea or coffee, a choice of career, in science and nature, in the kitchen, at the station, art is inspiration.

As a writer, I might come across a picture on social media, or a news article may pique my interest. Often without realising it, these things plant the seed of an idea in my head. Over time, the idea germinates and comes to fruition in my writing.

I find it helpful to squirrel away pictures, video clips and articles which stand out to me. Later, if looking for inspiration, I turn to my folder of treasures and curios.

When writing a character—and settings can be characters as well—I find it helpful to have one or more pictures displayed on my desktop, to help bring them to life.

Usually, my fictional characters are a hybrid between various pieces of inspiration.

For example, the character of Victor, the art-collector in my novel, LOST & WAITING, was inspired by an advertising campaign popular in the ’80s, an Italian actor of the ’50s, a friend’s Mexican father, the audio guide of a Spanish cathedral, and an anti-hero of gothic literature.

The following art or artists appear in LOST & WAITING.

See also my blog on music as a muse.

Lost & Waiting: the Playlist

I prefer to write without external distractions, but I frequently play music as a precursor to writing, to access a certain mood.

Perhaps this is why music often finds its way into my work.

Evangeline, the protagonist of LOST & WAITING, has been unable to listen to music since she suffered a stillbirth. Everything changes when she embarks on a plant hunting expedition to Chile.

Not all the tracks listed here appear in my novel, but they were there in its formation.

For more on music as a muse to writers, see my review of Tyler Keevil’s talk on the subject for NovelNights, Bristol.

See also my blog on art as inspiration.

Magic(al) Realism: the Magic of Myth

Zeus, father of the gods, transformed his love, Io, into a cow for fear of discovery by wife, Hera. She, knowing her husband well, saw through his ruse and begged Zeus for the cow, exclaiming how beautiful it was. Hera bade Argus of the hundred eyes to watch over the cow. Desperate, Zeus sent Hermes Continue Reading

Magic(al) Realism

What it is, what it’s not, its origins, characteristics and exponents Magic Realism is a mode of literature most often associated with Latin American authors, in particular, Isabel Allende and Gabriel García Márquez, and is taken to mean the incorporation of mythical and/or fantastical elements in an otherwise realistic narrative. But this definition doesn’t tell Continue Reading

Influences

My writing is influenced by mythology; the tales we tell ourselves, why we create myths, how we respond to the myths we hear.  Interests Trees, plant diversity, human-plant interaction, climate change, the environment, mythology, linguistics, writer-reader interaction. I love to read Fiction (short and long): magic realism, myth, folklore, weird fiction, metafiction, off-kilter realities, genre-bending, Continue Reading

About Me

Welcome! I write fiction to celebrate plants and nature. My genre is magic realism. As such, you can expect my writing to present the supernatural in a real-world setting. Along the way, it is vivid and playful. It embraces oral tradition, and delves into myth to reflect identity and society. As a child, I loved Continue Reading