One of the things that I love most about being an author is the opportunity to write about things that I’m not actually able to do. For example, I can’t dance. I have two left feet as well as two right arms and everything decides to go in different directions at the same time. Needless to say I look like some demented, flailing crane on the dance floor, so it’s something I rarely do no matter the occasion. (And only with plenty of alcoholic reinforcement that I always regret) So when I wrote Accompanied by a Waltz, I got to do something through my characters that I would seriously love to be able to do in real life, a grand waltz in Vienna.
My partner and I had the opportunity to visit Vienna a number of years ago and I fell in love with the city. To make things even more special, we visited one of the city parks and that evening a small orchestra had set up and ordinary people were dancing beneath the trees and under the stars, it was magical, romantic, and so damned frustrating because I wished for nothing more to join them. However if I had, I would have undoubtedly scarred everyone for life. So instead we sat on a bench nearby, watching and listening, swaying to the music.
As I was writing Accompanied by a Waltz, I needed a scene ripe for romance and that evening came to mind. However in my story, my characters aren’t sitting and listening, they get to do what I couldn’t, waltz together beneath trees and under a starlit sky to Strauss’s Blue Danube and Tales from the Vienna Wood. Closing my eyes as I wrote the scene I could almost feel the sway of the dancers and hear the swells of the music. My feet began to move, my body swayed, and for a brief second, I got my wish.
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