We are very fortunate to have a guest blogger with us today! Roseanne Montillo is the author of The Lady and Her Monsters, about the fascinating history of the real life occultists and mad scientist that inspired Mary Shelley to write Frankenstein. How cool is that?? It hits shelves February 5th, but you can get a sneak peek here. Now without further ado....Ms. Montillo.
Libraries, and most especially librarians, have always played an integral part in my life, shaping me as a person and as a writer. They have redefined not only my views of what it means to be a creative writer, but of where creativity rests and the many ways in which to find it.
As a young student, I was told that inspiration came in various forms. Sometimes it was in the rain, especially if there was thunder and lightening. That's where Mary Shelley found hers. According to the story, in 1816 she traveled to Lake Geneva with Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, and others. A thunderstorm forced them indoors most evenings, where they shared ghoulish stories. One such night, Mary bolted upright from her bed and came face to face with her creations, Victor Frankenstein and his fiend.