Gypsies are mysterious, very much misunderstood and full of lore and rich history much like other oppressed peoples, such as the Jews. In fact, as with the Jews, the Nazis exterminated approximately 500,000 Roma(aka Gypsies) and Sinta in their ovens during the Holocaust The mystery and lore of the Roma people has partly inspired my new work in progress, Curse of the Marimé.
The real inspiration, believe it or not, came from a visit to the grocery store on my way home from work one afternoon. I was gathering some things I needed when approached by an elderly woman who looked as if she stepped out of a picture of a caravan scene depicted in a research book I have on Gypsies.
She was small, dressed in a drab brown-green skirt, a bright, flowered blouse and clunky serviceable brown shoes and socks that slouched down around her tiny ankles. She wore her hair bound in a tight knot at the back of her head.
She approached me and advised with some urgency that she had something to tell me, something of great importance. She pushed a business card into my hand and advised me again that I should come see her, then, left me where I stood. I glanced down at the card. A seer, psychic, whatever. I was about to dump the card on a shelf, but, instead pocketed it and went about my business. It did spook me and I worried about the what or why she approached me, though, I never called or saw the woman, but Pita does in Curse of the Marimé and I’m not sure whether Pita is going to be happy or regretful that she did. You remember what happened when Pandora opened the box, don’t you?
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Hmmm… I have to say Laurell K Hamilton. She just blows me away. Her characterization is totally amazing and the imagery draws you right into the story. Every book wraps around a new unique story. I can’t seem to put her books down. I only hope that is how the reader reacts when reading my books. The Anita Blake series is what hooked me and pulled me in. Now I am engrossed in her Meredith Gentry series.