No, I am not moving. I have been house hunting for my characters, and they can be rather picky.
Currently I have a marquess, who lives in Cornwall. He needs an historic manor home, which is scary on the outside. Oh, and the gardens are a bit unkempt. Dealing with an unkempt garden is easy. I can easily see weeds among the roses and lavender in any English Country garden. And when in doubt, I will simply study my own in June.
So, internet, here I come. The resources are endless. First I tried houses for sale in England. Well, I got anything from old houses in the country to flats in the city. Next I searched for vacation homes in England. There were a few more possibilities, but my marquess, he still was not happy. He was also very disturbed to learn his friend’s home had been turned into a Bed and Breakfast. He also told me a few stories of what had gone on in that house, back in his day.
But I digress. We need to return to the task at hand.
I did find an old run down manor that I thought was perfect. However, the marquess pointed out it was in France and he intended to remain in Cornwall. He was rather vehement in his response before he muttered a few words under his breath about that Napoleon across the Channel, which I will not share with your delicate ears.
The search continued and I opted to use my last resort and typed in English Manor House pictures. A link for images came up and voila – we had a number to choose from.
Excuse me for a moment
“My lord, just because I used a French word does not make me a French spy, now would you please look through the photos.”
I apologize, but he is a bit suspicious of everyone. Perhaps it is the living on the coast where only a slight body of water separates him from the enemy that puts him on edge. Anyway, the marquess did eventually settle upon a house, which will be perfect for his home. It can be viewed at: http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A9G_bDvISMJLdFcA0eajzbkF/SIG=1420v5pms/EXP=1271110216/**http%3a//www.highwaygold.co.uk/regional/europe/uk/england/cambs/cambridge/lode/angleseyabbey/house/pic00014.html
Hopefully my marquess will have his story in print one day. Unfortunately I lost about three hours House Hunting so he could find the perfect home.
I’ve kept this link so I can refer back to this photo because it fits my marquess perfectly. Though I don’t stay true to the exact description of the house in the WIP (don’t tell him that), it is my inspiration.
Do you ever look for pictures of settings for inspiration or to refer to when writing descriptions? I know several people who use photos of people for characters, but what about places and things?
Duchess of Decencny a/k/a Real Esate Agent for my Heros