Author - Bethany Hagen
Genre - Science Fiction
Release Date - February 4th 2014
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The Inspiration for Landry Park
I'm always fascinated to hear how different authors find inspiration for their stories. For some, it seems to be a single moment or experience that spawns a story, and for others, it's a gradual evolution. I think Landry Park was one of those--something that snowballed over time, just waiting for the right catalyst.
Ever since I started reading something other than Animorphs and Sweet Valley Twins, I've loved stories from the past. I loved Jane Eyre and Jane Austen's oeuvre especially, but also anything to do with King Arthur and Shakespeare. And then, in college, when my husband and I ate lots of ramen noodles and lived in an apartment where the layout of the units allowed me to hear (in vivid detail) my neighbors using the bathroom, I went through a phase where I only watched the Science Channel. Every night, I fell asleep to Paul Gasek droning about the birth of the solar system, and while I studied for my classes, I watched shows about black holes and dark matter and whether or not a super-volcano was going to blow up Wyoming.
So then, King-Arthur-obsessed, Regency-gown-loving, Science Channel nerd that I was, I got a job at the local museum. Where, when I wasn't terrifying fourth graders with outlawed classroom-control tactics, I patrolled exhibits featuring the Gilded Age and the Edwardian Era. I gave tours of the 1950's All-Electric House and read books about Cold War nuclear hysteria.
And over the course of a year, things started to come together. Atoms and lacy dresses and radiation burns and lavish parties. And during the long hours at the one-room schoolhouse, waiting for visitors, in between bouts of cutting slate rags with pinking shears, I started writing the story.
And even though it morphed and changed dramatically over time, I can still clearly see how all these ideas melded together to become Landry Park.
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