Despite the fact that I'd never been to Ireland, I purchased books, read articles online, viewed hundreds of pictures and videos and continued on with my writing. I finished the first draft of Emily's House on August 25, 2010, still hadn't made it to Ireland.
Three days after I finished the first draft I got a call that I'd won a trip for two to Dublin to see the band The Script. Less than two weeks later hubby and I were on a plane! "Ask and ye shall receive."
We were able to extend our trip and visit each of the sites in Ireland that were settings in my novel. I think it was important to visit these places and I think it will make a difference in the final novel.
A picture may be worth a thousand words but the pictures of the bucolic Irish countryside don't include the smellivision that reveals the powerful oder of cow dung so prevalent! For anyone who lives in Ireland or has been to Ireland, I think I got a few details that they'll pick up on and they might say "Hey, that's right." But will the verisimilitude of these details be lost on someone who has never been there? Or will those details, even for someone who has never been, enrich the story anyway?
My trip to Ireland gave me sensory details to include that I think will enrich the story for all readers (such as the smell the cow dung in the fields or the smell the rain on the road or the newly fallen leaves). A writer can't get these kind of sensory details from a photograph.
But then the clouds began to form and I looked up and there were crows circling around the tall round tower and suddenly it reminded me of a Vincent Price movie. And that was the feeling I needed for my novel so I took it in and then imagined what that scene would feel like for three teenagers there in the middle of the night.
|Loughcrew, County Meath, Ireland|
|St. Brighid's Well, Kildare, Ireland|
I hope that I have captured in the story the feeling of these places.
Not all of the trip to Ireland was walking in ancient graveyards! We got to meet the band The Script at a concert at the Guinness Brewery as they kicked off their world tour promoting their CD "Science and Faith."
|Danny O'Donohue, lead singer, with hubby|
Gravity Bar, Dublin, Ireland