I’m delighted to welcome Michael Scott and Colette Freedman onto the blog today! Their novel, The Thirteen Hallows, releases today and I think it sounds absolutely amazing. In fact, the description just happens to press all of my buttons. I don’t know about you but this looks like a must read for me. There are details on the book as well as a book trailer and a giveaway for US/Canada/Ireland folk further down. In honour of the release, Michael and Colette have a little guest post on writing inspiration. Enjoy!
13 places I have found/find writing inspiration from
- Travelling – airport, airplanes and hotels are perfect for writing.
- Overhearing conversations in restaurants; writing is the perfect excuse to be nosy.
- Dreaming – always keep a notebook by the bed and record your dreams the minute you wake up.
- Friends – though you must never use their real names.
- Family – never tell them you’re using them in your story.
- The News – especially good if you’re writing a horror story.
- History – the curse of history (as George Santayana noted) is that those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. So all stories are cyclical.
- Paintings – every painting (and photographs too) tell a story.
- Music – similarly, every piece of music has a story hidden within it.
- National Geographic – We could get a novel out of every issue.
- Myths & legends: those stories survived for a reason and we can learn from them.
- Woods and forests – the older the better!
- Sitting in front of a crackling wood fire. (A storm blowing outside – optional, but always welcome.)
The Thirteen Hallows by Michael Scott and Colette Freedman
A sensational new series from a New York Times bestselling author and an award-winning playwright
They are the Hallows of Britain.
They are thirteen ancient treasures: mysterious, magical, infinitely powerful, with the potential for great good…or absolute evil. The legends of some of the Hallows are well known—Arthur’s sword, the Grail Chalice, the Stone of Scone—but most of the others have been lost in the mists of antiquity. However, the thirteen Hallows survive, protected by hereditary Guardians who can trace their lineage back to the age of Arthur and beyond.
The Hallows have been used time and again in the battle with the Demonkind who once ruled this earth. The last time the thirteen Hallows were gathered together was in the time of Arthur, when they were used to drive the Demonkind from this world and seal the entrance between this and the Otherworld. The battle cost Arthur his life, and with his death the age of the knights passed and the Hallows were dispersed into the safekeeping of the Guardians, the direct lineal descendants of those who carried the first Hallows. The sacred objects have remained with those families for more than two millennia.
Now someone is gathering them together.
MICHAEL SCOTT is an authority on mythology and folklore, and the author of the New York Times bestselling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. He lives in Dublin, Ireland.
COLETTE FREEDMAN has won over sixty awards for her commercial writing and directing, and was reecently named on of the Dramatist Guild’s “50 to Watch.”
“Scott (The Alchemyst) and Freedman blend magic, folklore, mystery, and history in this zippy fantastical thriller… Relentless pacing and a richly detailed story line replete with historical references and bombshell revelations give this fantasy tremendous mainstream crossover potential.” – Publishers Weekly on The Thirteen Hallows
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