Stories Behind the Stories

Authors are often asked where they get the inspiration for their stories. The quick and easy answer is everywhere.

But when you dig deeper, sometime it’s interesting to reveal the
Stories Behind the Stories.

Stradivarius violin

In Until We Meet Again, the first book of my Jules Vanderzeit series, the heroine goes back in time to retrieve a Stradivarius violin that has been left and lost on a train. So where did that come from? Somewhere in my internet trolling (aka research) I came across an old news story of a Stradivarius violin that had been left on a train, believe it or not, by what could only be described as an absentminded musician. I mean, really, who would forget they were traveling with a rare and expensive Stradivarius violin? But I liked the idea of how I could use it in a story.

I was writing a story of a woman being sent back in time and the idea of her going to find the lost violin worked for me. I simply moved the incident back to 1888 and made the owner a general after reading about this on Wikipedia.

As I researched this time period, I also found info on the Great Blizzard of 1888. I used that event as the cause of death for my hero’s wife, leaving the door open for his new romance.

If any of this sounds interesting to you, please pick up a copy of my book, Until We Meet Again from one of the many online book sellers and read all about it.

– – – Until we meet again, Enjoy Always, T