I began my journey at the closing scene in my second book 'Star Keeper.' In it I had used my home town, Littleborough as the point of departure for my protagonist and it seemed fitting that I should repeat the journey she took. Without realising it she left a nightmare situation to then enter a new world of intrigue and mystery. I didn't have the storms and torrential rain she had travelled in but after one of the wettest winters on UK record, it wasn't difficult to imagine.
|Littleborough train station where Star Keeper's protagonist made good her escape|
|Halifax, Yorkshire - an old Minster town. My protagonist from Star Keeper enters a new world of mystery and intrigue.|
I then walked to the places that had inspired scenes for my book.
|Piece Hall, Halifax - a scene for one of the chapters in my new book and now being renovated|
Tactile connections, a simple walk, a journey, can re-open the creative flow and with it comes new perspectives. When I thought about how this would work for a writer of sci-fi, I realised that it is not so much about the physical structures as how those structures make the writer feel and then what the writer does with them.