One Author’s Writing Process – All about historical fiction

J. Fremont‘s debut novel, Magician of Mild, tells the story of René Lalique starting along with his adolescent years in Paris, his journey from scholar to main glass producer, and his real-life romance with Lucinda Haliburton. Who doesn’t love Lalique glass? Under, J. Fremont describes the fairly uncommon manner this novel happened.


Considerably unconventional and strange. That’s how I’d describe my course of in creating my novel, Magician of Mild, a e book about René Lalique, a famend glassmaker. Busy producing different materials, quick tales on my weblog and researching/writing different tales, I had a dream about an unknown man. He appeared to me in one other dream three months later and instructed me I’m to advertise him. Six weeks later, he appeared once more. Puzzled, I questioned, who is that this man? Why is he haunting my goals? If you’re questioning how I knew it was the identical individual in my goals, let me make clear. I’ve saved detailed dream journals for almost forty years. Rereading my entries, even years later, they stimulate my thoughts like taking a look at {a photograph}, and the dream turns into a film replaying in my creativeness. Someday, about eighteen months after my first dream of him, I stumbled throughout Lalique’s image on the web. The {photograph} was precisely how I noticed him in that dream and he grew to become the topic of my current novel.

I instantly ordered a e book about him and his phenomenal glasswork. This reference e book was only the start. The e book included high-quality images of his artwork and I discovered to understand and perceive him by way of his work. Apart from containing different data that proved invaluable to me, it contained a timeline of necessary occasions in his life. [photo source]

This offered a leaping off place for additional analysis on the web. I ordered one other e book devoted to his phenomenal jewellery. These books gave me perception into particular those who influenced his formative years, work and rise to fame akin to Louis Aucoc, Sarah Bernhardt, Calouste Gulbenkian and Francois Coty. The challenges that I encountered in my analysis have been the scant data accessible about Lalique’s private life and I don’t converse French. A lot later, I ordered a e book of Lalique’s correspondences 1890-1908, principally enterprise, however some to his mom and spouse, Alice, written in French (no accessible e book in English). I spent numerous hours typing pages into Google translate.

Apart from utilizing the web translator, I did a number of browsing on the web. After I discovered that Lalique attended college within the Crystal Palace in Sydenham, England, I examine this construction. Sadly, destroyed in 1936 by fireplace, I couldn’t discover any historic data concerning his schooling. Fortunately, I discovered an previous map of the realm throughout that point (1870s) which was helpful for establishing scenes and the plot. Apart from studying about London and moreover educating myself concerning Paris in these eras, I used Google map avenue view to see surviving buildings in areas of France the place he lived, went to high school and locations of companies. Being related to a big college system, I had entry to their bodily library and their digital database. I situated a prolonged dissertation on Lalique that was tremendously useful. 


Maybe this all sounds fairly typical, however there was one space of analysis that was distinctive. Because the e book developed and I questioned about unknown private particulars, often, I’d ask for inspiration in my goals. Over time, turning into acquainted with Lalique, unusually sufficient, I obtained tidbits of data like names, phrases, or emotions about what to concentrate on. As an example, being French, I felt he should respect good meals. Serious about what meals he appreciated, quickly I dreamed of the phrase violet. Waking up, I assumed, he eats violets? It made little sense till, when perusing French recipes for meals concepts, I found Petit Violets. These artichokes originated in Provence, the place he owned a mansion in later life. Persevering with my analysis, I learn in an article that said Lalique at all times carried a pocket book in his pocket with drawings, poetry, addresses of artisans, and recipes. A confessed foodie, I don’t carry a pocket pocket book with recipes. The title of Ahhotep got here to me in a dream. After researching, I discovered this historical Egyptian queen’s jewels have been on the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris. The likelihood exists that Lalique attended that honest and was impressed by her jewellery. 

Far-fetched perchance, coincidence perhaps, fluke possible, however I included these particulars within the plot. This method was not at all times fruitful. Typically, the clues would result in nothing or the identical articles, however different occasions, I discovered myself led down a rabbit gap of fascinating lore, a treasure trove of data. Whereas I don’t advocate relying solely on this method, dreaming is like creativeness, so why not put it to use? Nice scientific discoveries and innovations have come by way of in goals.

Whereas researching Lalique’s character and observing his life’s work, I concluded he leaned towards the mysterious, peculiar and atypical. A proficient and extraordinary individual, what higher technique to encounter him however by dreaming?

Those that are long-time readers of A Author of Historical past will know that guest-post authors usually describe features of their writing course of – however that is the primary time somebody has spoken of dreaming their manner right into a novel!

Magician of Mild by J. Fremont ~~ One of the vital progressive designers of his time, René Lalique was a frontrunner within the ornamental arts. Magician of Mild begins in his adolescent years in Paris as a striving apprentice.

In the meantime, throughout the channel, Lucinda Haliburton is going through her personal struggles, together with a dysfunctional household and historical past of psychological sickness. Her grandfather, Lord Haliburton, suggests a go to to his archaeologic dig in Egypt in an effort to assist her escape her difficulties at house—however the journey ends in catastrophe, and Lucinda returns to England with the assumption that she is being preyed upon by historical Egyptian spirits.

Rene and Lucinda’s paths cross when he leaves Paris to proceed his research at a close-by artwork faculty. His fascination with Egypt sparks a reference to Lucinda, and romance blooms—however is difficult by her psychological situation. Overactive creativeness, madness, or an actual haunting? Will their love see them by way of?

Magician of Mild touches on the reality of Lalique’s illustrious life, the individuals most necessary to him, and the anguish of a few of these private relationships, creating a singular view of his actual life and a compelling storybook love story.


M.Ok. Tod writes historic fiction. Her newest novel, PARIS IN RUINS, is on the market on Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Kobo, and Barnes&Noble. An earlier novel, TIME AND REGRET was revealed by Lake Union. Mary’s different novels, LIES TOLD IN SILENCE and UNRAVELLED can be found from AmazonNookKoboGoogle Play and iTunes. She could be contacted on FbTwitter and Goodreads or on her web site

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