Writers can’t always visit the place they’re writing about. However, I’m sure we all attempt to visualize the place we’re describing. For myself, sometimes I do better than others. For instance, when I wrote my Southern Hearts Series I had just returned from a trip to Feliciana Parish, Louisiana, where I had visited several historic plantations. This meant when I arrived home I was able to close my eyes and “see” where I’d been. Memories of flowery wallpaper, decorative hedges, and opulent surroundings flooded my mind with a degree of accuracy.
When I wrote my YA paranormal, hopefully re-releasing in 2015, I thought of woods that I’d hiked through. Tall pines lining both sides of a narrow dirt trail, honeysuckle permeating the brisk afternoon fall air, a footprint embedded in the mud…each small item helped create another scene.
However most of the time I’m stuck using the internet and books. A Month in Cologne is set in Cologne, Germany. Since I’ve never visited Germany I relied on photos, maps, a travel guide, and various websites. Yet with all the information at my fingertips, I struggled to place myself on location. Then the story took an unexpected turn and instead of focusing so much on setting details it concentrated on Germany’s history. Germany is the site of the Christian Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to the door of Castle Church of Wittenberg, Germany. Whether intended or not, it sparked a dispute in the Roman Catholic Church and is seen as spark that ignited the Protestant Reformation.
Cologne is the fourth largest city in Germany and has been around since the first century. It is rife with culture from pubs to museums. In A Month in Cologne, John and Rachel work at The Museum of the Reformation. The museum is a complete fabrication of my imagination. Lavish rooms showcasing portraits of church reformers, tour guides dressed like famous Reformation men and women, grand ballrooms, and dusty basements… Now that I can see!
Every place we go and everyone we meet has a story. As you travel the world, do you see it? Do you see a story waiting to be told? Do you see the world unfolding like pages in a book? Do you open a book and feel transported to another world? I do.
I hope you’ll take the time to read A Month in Cologne and share in the rich history of Germany.
Felicia Rogers is a writer of Inspirational and clean romantic fiction, often she throws in suspense for the fun of it. A Month in Cologne, a Inspirational Romance, was published in April 2014 and is waiting for you… get your copy at Amazon today.
Credit for the Martin Luther photo…”Lucas Cranach d.Ä. – Doppelporträt Martin Luther u. Katharina Bora (Hessisches Landesmuseum)” by Workshop of Lucas Cranach the Elder – 1. Web Gallery of Art: Image Info about artwork2. clarus-cranach.de. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons – http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Lucas_Cranach_d.%C3%84._-_Doppelportr%C3%A4t_Martin_Luther_u._Katharina_Bora_(Hessisches_Landesmuseum).jpg#mediaviewer/File:Lucas_Cranach_d.%C3%84._-_Doppelportr%C3%A4t_Martin_Luther_u._Katharina_Bora_(Hessisches_Landesmuseum).jpg