4.24.2013

sisters...

A weekly blog hop where writers come together
and share what inspires them.


I've always been inspired by the bonds of sisterhood. I never had a sister. Having been the one girl out of three boys (2 older, 1 younger), I longed and wished for a sister...even daydreamed about Cyndi Lauper and Madonna being my sisters. Yes, I've always had an overactive imagination :)

There's something beautiful in the sister relationship and I've seen it, envied it, time and time again in friends, my lovely nieces, stories (Little Women, Her Fearful Symmetry, The Hunger Games, Sense and Sensibility, etc...)..

I used this inspiration in writing FAMILIARITY WITH THE DEVIL which, among other things, is about a female coven/family of witches and the bonds of two sets of sisters (one from the past and one in the modern day). I immersed myself in those relationships... the love, hate, protectiveness, jealousy, security, and that unshakable bond all wrapped up in a lovely femininity.
I'm loving seeing this bond forming between my own daughters and am so thankful they will have one another, always.
I know I'll be diving deeper into this one in future manuscripts.

I'll leave you with a little 1993 and Juliana Hatfield:


How do you explore relationships you don't have first hand knowledge of for your characters?
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20 comments:

  1. The MC in my first book has a much younger sister. The MC in my second has a younger brother. Pretty close, protective kind of relationships. MCs in book #3 - female is an only child, males are brothers, one is dead. "It's complicated". The sibs in my WIP take complicated to a whole new level, and that's all I'm saying for now ;) Love the photo of the gloomy girls, they kind of fit my WIP...(okay, I said something else, but now I'm done.)

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    1. You're making me very intrigued over this WiP you speak of...

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    2. Let's just say dysfunctional families tend to be a cornerstone of all my books ;)

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  2. I have three sisters, no brothers. One of my favorite stories is Little Women. I love stuff about sisters. My ms, DEADLY SPLENDOR, is about a group of sisters.

    My WIP is about a brother/sister relationship, which I do not have first hand experience of at all. And I've never longed for a brother, either. Also, I have two girls, no boys. So when I wrote it, I just imagined what'd it be like and used my best friend's sons to mold the brother's character/personality. :)

    But yeah, sisters is a great inspiration. :)

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    1. Your projects sound really great Rachel! Thanks for stopping by :)

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  3. Great inspirations. I've always longed for a sister, having only two brothers, now with sons. Ah. But I can read your book! I may have a sister relationship developing in one ms idea right now. Thanks for this post. ( typing w phone w issues :))

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  4. I have *wince* 18 living brothers and sisters. But it's my younger sister that I have the closest relationship with. She teases me from her 6' height, I tease her about being young. She is the foundation of a book I need to revise, and my daughter is so much like her I call them by each other's names on a constant basis. siblings can be...frustrating, but at the same time, don't mess with my sister :)

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    1. 18 siblings?! That. Is. Amazing. Love it...

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  5. I know how you feel. I'm right there with you. I've 2 brothers and have always wanted a sister, too. All my life, I've adopted sisters.

    http://otherworlddiner.blogspot.com/2013/04/inspired-by-remarkable-unusual-and-true.html

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    1. Ah yes, the adopted sisters...very important!

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  6. Great picture and song! The picture is hauntingly beautiful. Gave me chills. I explore relationships with my characters through interviews with them, and random pictures. Cool post:)

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  7. Love the picture (the hair, alone!). Well, I have two sisters, and they're okay. Just kidding, they're awesome. And I always wanted a brother, actually. But yes, sister dynamics are so inherently interesting.

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    1. Isn't it great?! Ah...see, the grass is always greener... ;)

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  8. That black & white pic is really creepy. I can see where it would have inspired you - it's so dynamic.
    I hope you continue to be inspired. :-)

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    1. I love it - and there are so many more from the same scene. Super fun/creepy/lovely.

      Thanks Lexa :)

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  9. I have 3 brothers, 2 step brothers and 1 sister - I'm the oldest and she's the youngest. I had to wait 18 years to get her, but she was worth the wait. Because of our age difference we've had a mother/daughter relation, a sister/sister relationship and now, a best friend relationship. I wouldn't trade her for anything and my characters often have sisters. Though I will admit to writing a couple only children.

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