Monday, April 2, 2012

B is for Belhanor

Mittenburg, via
I was away from my computer today, so this post is very late.

My husband and I took a trip to Germany in 2001 that inspired much of my fantasy writing. We saw lots of castles, cottages and cobbled villages. I fell in love with the Alps, as well as German folk art. Everything is painted, carved, decorated or molded. They even had intricate molds for butter and for gingerbread. I also collect dollhouse miniatures and was on the lookout for those. My dollhouse now boasts a German-style kitchen with its own set of tiny gingerbread molds.

Photo by Museumchick at
The water flowing down from the mountains is actually turquoise-colored. I don't know why that is, but it was the inspiration for my turquoise-watered lake. That and Lake Louise in Banff National Park, Canada. I've never been there but I have a wall poster of it. I would sit in my office and dream about escaping there.

So Belhanor was born. I call it the "Scotch Canadian Alps" because it's got a little bit of all those places rolled up in it.


  1. It can really make the scene and setting more vivid if it is based on something that inspired you.

    You aren't the first to write about someplace they visited -- and loved!

    - Eric

  2. I've never been to Europe, but I have been to Banff and that was pretty impressive.

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