Q: What inspired you to write mysteries featuring Francis Bacon?
A: I happened to read Michael Peppiatt’s fine biography of Francis Bacon and the idea just came to me, although in general I do not like the idea of making detectives out of the famous. But Bacon stuck in my mind, perhaps because I am a quite serious painter myself. The vast differences between his life and mine and between our personalities deterred me for a while, until I learned that he lived with his old nanny. That fact decided it, because I grew up downstairs on a big estate and that was a relationship I figured I understood.
Everything in life that’s any fun, as somebody wisely observed, is either immoral, illegal or fattening.
Reading on the Veranda. John Michael Carter (American). 1st Prize 2005 Hoosier Salon.
For ten years Carter taught drawing and painting for the University of Kentucky at Jefferson Community College in Louisville, Ky. He also has been a frequent guest instructor at art workshops across the country including the Scottsdale Artist School, the Dallas Arts League and the Arts Club of Cincinnati.
Oxford DNB biography podcast: J.R.R. Tolkien (1892-1973), author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
“Tolkien invented an entirely new mythological race of ‘hobbits’ who, like their representative Bilbo Baggins, are solid, respectable, anachronistically English. As appears when Bilbo is sent off by the wizard Gandalf to help recover the lost treasure of the dwarves from the dragon Smaug, they are also capable of unsuspected resource. The Hobbit began as an amusement for the Tolkien children, and reached print rather unexpectedly—a typescript of it having been shown to the publisher, Stanley Unwin, by a former pupil of Tolkien’s.”
Tolkien’s story is one of 190 episodes available from the Oxford DNB’s biography podcast archive: new episodes are released every second Wednesday. Receive a daily life by email, or follow the ODNB on Twitter.
Image credit:Hobbit hole, 2004, Photo by Jeff Hitchcock, Creative Commons License via Wikimedia Commons.
The moral of the story is write, revise, revise, revise. And revise some more. Find strong critique partners who are willing to point out the brutal truth. Go to conferences if you can swing it. It’s VERY valuable to meet with agents in person to get a feel for your chemistry with them and also how they work. Ask lots of questions. Be prepared to be flexible about your vision, and above all, keep moving forward with courage and confidence. It’s a tough business, but confidence and hard work will carry you toward your dreams.
Thornfield Garden Soy Candle (Inspired by Jane Eyre) Scent:
The scent is rose and rain water (carnation, lily, crisp white grapefruit and jasmine). Transport yourself to the grounds of Thornfield Hall with this Jane Eyre inspired candle! With the mix of floral scents, you’ll feel like you’re walking with Jane and Mr. Rochester.