|Courtesy House to Home|
Is it a covert passion, is it wishful thinking? Have I missed my calling and secretly desire to be an interior stylist, rather than a novelist? Why is this creative writer so taken up with the fine detail that goes into the furnishing and equipping of a home?
The answer is a simple one. Interiors are very good indicators of the character and life-attitude of the occupier of that space. Displayed belongings, kinds of books, colour, design and style are things that tell us a lot about the person who lives there. So I mentally choose the rooms the characters in my books might live in, and think of them in those spaces. Levels of tidiness are not as important as what a particular protagonist chooses to place on a shelf, or what colour to have the walls of a kitchen, or what kind of crockery to place food upon.
A character whose belongings are retro, say... sixties, would dress, think and behave in such a different way from another whose rooms are decked out in carefully chosen Regency antiques, with furniture that looks like it's been dipped in honey, and expensive curtains and carpets that reflect the era. A reader would know exactly how to mentally conjure these two different persons. A reader would imagine them accurately right away: simply from a description of what their houses look like on the inside.
|Courtesy Best Home Design|
All this from seeing a minimilist interior in a magazine! It is a visual metaphor: the steel is a precursor of his gun, the red splashes are of course blood.
Interiors: they can be so important in fiction. And my magazines provide the personality of every single character I create.