A WRITER'S INSPIRATION
THE IDEA THAT INSPIRED ME TO WRITE FOR LOVE AND MERCY – C. Ingrid Deringer
As a writer I often get asked where I get my ideas for my stories. For my novel For Love and Mercy, the idea came from a conversation I had with my friend when we were on a road trip together. We were talking about our travels. I was telling her about an experience I had when I went to Greece in 1982.
I was backpacking across Europe alone. Near the end of my travels, I decided to take a last-minute detour to Olympia Greece on the Peloponnese Peninsula instead of staying another week in Athens before heading back home to Canada. On the train ride there, a nice-looking Australian man not much older than me, sat down across from me. Conversation came easily and I quickly learned that he was a history geek. I was intrigued as I knew very little about the area except what was in my guide book. We stayed at the same little pension hotel and went out the first night and had a great meal, did some dancing with the locals. The next day we went to the ruins and I learned all about Olympia where the first Olympics were held, and all about gods and goddesses, and Greek Mythology from his stories. It was fascinating! We then went to a little pub for a beer. I asked him what he did for a living. He took off his hat and placed it on his chest and leaned in towards me across the table, and in the most tender tenor voice, he sang opera to me. He was an opera singer!
When I told my friend the story, she said “You have to put that in your next novel.”
For Love and Mercy started out as a love story between Evangeline, a young woman from Canada and Valentino – an opera singer from Australia and then it grew…