Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Inspiration in the Desert

I'm just back from a research trip to Egypt. It was an amazing experience. However many times I had studied pictures of it in books or on TV, nothing prepared me for the impact of stepping into my first ancient Egyptian tomb of a Pharaoh.

It is utterly breathtaking. The artistry, the exquisite beauty of the carvings, the mystery and the sense of timelessness are overwhelming.

Because of the political turmoil in the country at the moment, there are barely any tourists there, so I was privileged to see the great sights of Egypt without jostling crowds or impatient queues in the hot sun. Hatshepsut's temple, Tutankhamun's tomb, Saqqara and Karnak, the glorious antiquities inside the Cairo and Luxor museums, all lie quietly undisturbed by chatter or clicking cameras.

But what turned out to be good fortune for me is of course causing Egypt's economic downfall, as they badly need tourists to return with their dollars and euros. The Egyptian people are warm and welcoming, and I experienced no difficulties of any kind, despite being in Cairo during the protests in Tahrir Square. And I ended the trip with a real highlight - a hot-air balloon flight at dawn over the desert and its treasures. Now I can write my new book with the amazing inspiration and energy I drew from those ancient tombs.


Marg said...

Love the sound of a book set in Egypt!

Allison Macias said...

I'm excited to see how this trip becomes a book!!

Kate Furnivall said...

Hi Marg,
Good to hear from you. It's an exciting day for me today, as The White Pearl is published today in the export edition for countries like Australia and New Zealand etc. So I shall start to get initial reactions. Always a nervy time.

Kate Furnivall said...

Hi Allison,
At this stage of writing a new book I never know quite how much of my research I will use, but it's always an interesting challenge to weave facts in with the fiction. The temptation is to cram in too much fact, because I have become fascinated with a place or a time in history. That's where revision is crucial at the end, when I take a very strict red pen to my manuscript. In theory everything blends together effortlessly!

Richard said...

Great photo!! Cant wait for another great book! In the mean time I'm very excited to finally check out The White Pearl.
Good luck with the writing.

Kate Furnivall said...

Hi Richard,
It was a great trip - especially the hot-air balloon flight over the desert at dawn. Inspirational! That's what I need in the dark hours when the writing gets tough. Onwards and upwards.