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    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 2

    Pink African Violet, Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 2, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/27/novel-about-a-flower-2 #writing #novel #books #AfricanViolet #gardening #plants

    Last week, in my post about the origins of my novel about a flower (The Forgetting Flower), I talked about the idea of plant scents, memory, and why I thought working in a plant shop would be a fun experience. Of course, I put forth the question of what life would be like if you had a plant whose flower was dangerous to inhale. And who would care for that plant? How would the person have obtained it in the first…

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    Why a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget? Part 1

    African Violet, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Flower That Makes You Forget: Part 1, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/21/novel-about-a-flower #writing #novel #novelaboutaflower #flowers #gardening #plants #books

    Most people love fragrant flowers. Who doesn’t want to take in the sweet smell of a lily or antique perfume of a rose? Scents are one of the gifts plants give us. They add to our sensory world. They, more than taste or sight or sound or touch, take us to a time in our lives of memory. Vivid memory. So what if there were a flower whose scent was dangerous? What if there were a scent whose inhalation caused…

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    Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender

    Lavender, Might and Main Monday: Inspired by Lavender, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/15/lavender, #lavender #Provence #perennials #novel #writing #inspiration

    In July, I see lavender everywhere: in my garden as it blooms in the sun, in my mind as I write a novel set in Provence, on public street corners, in the books I read. This year, my summer beams that dark purple color. I’m driven to capture its look, its feel, its fragrance in words. Those soft felty leaves, its awakening scent. And I’m interested in how and when lavender has appeared in literature over the centuries. So I…

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    Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3

    Sky With Trees, Why I Wrote a Novel About a Weird Apple: Part 3, Karen Hugg, https://karenhugg.com/2018/07/06/apple-novel/ #apple #novel #writing #fiction #Kazakhstan #applehistory #HarvestingtheSky

    During these last few weeks, I shared two posts about the origins of my novel Harvesting the Sky. The first article covered how I merged issues of an emotional past with plants and the second, my inability to eat apples and subsequent fascination with them. This week I’m posting the final segment of this origin story with the book’s first chapter. It takes place in Kazakhstan. I hope you enjoy. Feel free to offer feedback in the comments. Thanks! An Excerpt…