I’ve gotten the same question over and over again… what inspired the Flying Furniture. In the beginning, Ryan and I had the sketches. The artwork was representative of two things that just don’t seem to belong together but they work. There were a lot of “what if’s.” What if furniture could fly?” “What if the ordinary, could become extraordinary?” “What if there was truly magic in this world?”
Through random doodles, dreaming, traveling, etc… The Union Jack was born. I know Ryan used the British Flag as inspiration because our recent trip to London had changed so much for us. For him, it was the kick in the pants to stop working for the man and start his own business that would grow from small graphic design accounts to fabricating 10 foot lighted pineapples (he’s a prop-builder and fabricator).
I LOVE London and had the pleasure of living there for a little over a year while I attended graduate school. It has this aged beauty and an energy that I have never felt anywhere else. I love all the Victorian infusion in the architecture and remaining elements in the tube stations. I learned quite a bit about the city’s history during the Industrial Revolution. While I appreciate the “modern,” I cling to romanticism ( and YES, I do realize that Victorian London was dirty, people had loads of STD’s, and child labor was pretty standard ) but there was this element of beauty in the stone masonry, ironwork, parties, furniture, fashion…they were artistic, fantastic, unique and very inspiring. I am also intrigued by the Steampunk movement. Fans and followers create magic through machinery. The brass cogs and gears are almost otherworldly but also echo the mechanisms of the Industrial Revolution. I love how folks can put on their quirky top hats, goggles and corsets and escape reality for just a bit. Steampunk fans are passionate, creative and welcoming. I have enjoyed adding those elements to the first novel, The Return of the Great Flyer and look forward to learning more about the Steampunk movement so that I may add more elements to future novels.
I am also a ridiculously HUGE Harry Potter fan. I love the idea that magic might exist in the world in some form or another. During our time in London, my husband and I had the chance to visit the Warner Brother’s Harry Potter Studio Tour. It was AMAZING! To see how JK Rowling’s words on a page could be transformed into something so fantastic and real. I crave that for the Flying Furniture; to create stories that are rich and robust; to create characters that are loved and feel real to readers. The Flying Furniture has continued to evolve and will continue to evolve. I remember telling Ryan, in an alleyway next to Selfridge’s amist that beautiful Christmas lights along Regent’s Street and Oxford Street, that I wanted to write a novel. He told me to go for it… and so I did.
I have launched a second Kickstarter Campaign for the first novel in the series. It took quite a bit to revamp and launch another campaign after the first one fell a bit short on funding. It is exciting and daunting. Kickstarter gives me the advantage to have my book published sooner. I invite everyone to take a look at the new campaign and give feedback. Share the campaign with friends and family and on social media. It’s tough to ask for support but I am truly proud of the novel and am ready to be able to share it with readers. The Adventures of the Flying Furniture on Kickstarter