I find inspiration in a stunning Greek villa on a volcanic mountain with a glorious ocean view below. I can hear the cicadas and frogs suddenly stop for the night and the roosters and donkeys wake the morning. I can taste the salty air as it brushes past me weaving through the cobblestone pathway.
Oddly enough, sometimes, inspiration comes not in nature, but in a form of a shower gel. Strange as it may be, as I click open the top, the aroma transports me back to the island like a time traveller. Suddenly, it’s summer 2011. Pete and I are enjoying four glorious nights perched on the side of the volcano, in a villa room aptly named “Zeus” overlooking the caldera like a protective ancient warrior.
The bathroom downstairs complete with a Jacuzzi and bath supplies fills my nostrils with an exquisite sweet mellow scent which I fall instantly in love with. Is it possible to fall in love with a fragrance? I think so.
Fast forward to 2014… You can imagine my delight when my daughters stumble across the exact bottle here in a Melbourne shopping centre and surprised me for Mother’s Day.
So before I slip away imagining myself sitting in a little taverna drinking its local wine nibbling on appetisers, I pack my laptop and head over to the nearest beach café close to home to write to my heart’s content.
Inspired by nature again, I see two magpies fighting over a hot chip, and slowly I drift back to Santorini where my characters emerge, my plot becomes clearer and my story continues.
See you next time 🙂