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Laurin “Peridot” Wittig
Anyone who has read any of my books knows that I draw inspiration from the gorgeously rugged Scottish Highlands, its ancient castles, and mesmerizing prehistoric standing stones and circles, but there are some particular places there that really send my inner story teller into states of bliss.
When I first visited Doune Castle in 1998 I fell absolutely in love with it. By castle standards it is small and intimate, and I think that makes it far easier for me to imagine real people living there than the grand palaces and castles of royalty (and my characters are very real to me!).
Doune is so vivid in my mind that it has become the model for most Highland castles in my books. I have to admit though, as much as I love the real castle, I take great liberties in my books relocating it, adding or subtracting towers, wall walks, postern doors, bolt holes, and anything else that serves the people living in it in my stories. I even destroyed part of its curtain wall at the beginning of my Guardians of the Targe series!
Archetypal characters are another point of inspiration for me. I love the Beauty and the Beast story and used it loosely to inspire the Symon and Elena in The Devil of Kilmartin. The Taming of the Shrew (in the form of the movie 10 Things I Hate About You) inspired Catriona in Charming the Shrew – I love a tough, prickly female character that is really just protecting herself from more hurt! And Robin Hood, my all-time favorite story (especially as depicted in the 80s British TV series Robin of Sherwood), was actually the inspiration for the entire Guardians of the Targe trilogy. As with my castles, I take liberties with the inspiring characters/stories, but these are the things that fuel my imagination.
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