Growing up with a Parisian grandmother is a gift that I know I'll always treasure. When she married my grandfather, they moved to the USA and she hardly spoke any English. Over the years, she perfected her grammar, but always had a strong accent (which I became pretty good at impersonating) :) On visits to her house as a child, I would wake up early in the morning to the sound of her speaking to her sisters in Paris on the telephone (in French of course). I always wanted to know what they were talking about...something very top secret I'm sure...like gardening and grandkids and new recipes. All of my grandparents have passed away including my French grandmother, and I hold the memories that I made with each one of them so close to my heart. I miss them all.
A trip to France last year with my husband got me thinking...a lot!
I mean, first of all (in my humble opinion), what isn't dreamy and inspiring about Paris?!
Around every cobblestone corner you'll find charming buildings dating back decades, cozy cafes that serve the richest hot chocolate, beautiful parks and fountains, shops with the cutest displays in the windows, art museums filled with original paintings by Monet, Degas, and Van Gogh...my list could go on and on...but I'll spare you :)
When we returned home and I was looking through my photos, an idea struck:
'I want to write a story with characters inspired by my grandparents.'
Thus, my first story came into focus: Piglets Over Paris
I've been working on the storyline and coming up with character sketches and scenarios. It's been fun bouncing ideas around with my family. Why piglets, you ask? Why not :) They're cute, have loads of personality, and they are fun to draw wearing clothes! And the title is pretty catchy too :)
I always think it's fun to peek into artist's studios and see sketches/ideas/rough drafts before the final piece is complete. It's a book in progress that I don't intend on rushing because it's been fun to work on little by little alongside of my other projects. I want to get it just right for my grand'mere :) Oh, and mom, if you're reading this, I'm already coming up with sketches for grandma and grandpa's story! There will definitely be pumpkins involved :)
I'm curious...have your grandparents inspired your life? Feel free to share if you'd like!