Tuesday, May 25, 2010


I like flowers. They're great, honest. But let's face facts-I know nothing about them. Anyone who read my blog about planting my garden knows this. I look at a picture of the flower (or the item itself if I'm not growing from seeds) and buy it based on whether I like it or not.

Bought my godmother a lovely hanging basket for Mother's Day. Do either of us know what it is? Nope. But it's pretty! Hence the purchase.

So what do I decide to add into my contemporary paranormal story? An 18th century horticulturist. Why oh why do I do this to myself? It's all well and good, fine and dandy, but for one teeny tiny problem: Current day flowers had different names and would possibly not even be around in 1773. Yup. insanity.

Alas, it really works well in the story if I do say so myself. The research was well worth it.


Penelope said...

Love it! I have a masters degree in horticultural science, so I totally approve! Sounds awesome...can't wait to read it!

Lisa Lane said...

It's paying attention to details like those that make the difference in a work.

Isabel Roman said...

Aww, thanks, Penelope! I admit, it was NOT easy. There's a Buffy line at the end of S3 where she says Fire bad. Tree pretty. I'm the same way with flowers. The obvious ones I'm good with: tulips, sunflowers, roses. The rest? I'm all Oooh, pretty! I'll take one of those!

But you're absolutely right, Lisa. Details are incredibly important in a story and rounding out a character's interests makes him/her more real to the rest of us.

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