A few people have commented in the past about how many photographs I take when I'm away on holiday, or off exploring somewhere. They haven't necessarily said it in a negative way, just as a passing comment. They're right, of course. I do take a hell of a lot of photos, but I have damn good reasons for it...
Obviously, I want to capture the beautiful sights I've seen while I've been on my travels so I can look back on them myself. Occasionally I'll sift through my various albums on Facebook and smile to myself as I recall the fun I had while I was in the place in question. It's often nice to experience a bit of escapism, imagining oneself back in a beloved place, especially if the here and now isn't proving particularly pleasant.
Research and remembering
Equally importantly, the photographs I take often come in very useful when I write about a place I've been to. Sometimes I might have been somewhere specifically to research it for a book, or, more often, I'll get inspiration to write about a certain place weeks or even months or years down the line. Granted, Google Maps and photographs other people have put online are useful, but I find my own photographs better because they're invariably of the sights I found inspiring, beautiful and interesting. And it's those kind of sights that often find their way into my books, as well as the sounds, smells, weather and atmosphere I personally experienced.
So... there you have it. If you've ever wondered why myself - and lots of other writers - often take so many photographs while they're out and about, now you know. An added bonus is that said photographs also come in handy to jazz up blog posts. Voila!
Photographs from Budapest
And the book inspired by Budapest...
Hermione’s in Budapest on a romantic weekend break. Or at least it should have been romantic—an unexpected break-up means she’s visiting the Hungarian capital alone. Determined to make the most of it, she goes on a night-time river cruise, the perfect opportunity to see some of the city’s beautiful sights after dark.
On the boat, cute Budapest native Emil serves her cocktails. They chat a little on the journey, engage in some banter, and when Emil asks Hermione out for dinner, she’s seriously tempted. But she’s a long way from home, by herself—is dinner with a complete stranger a good idea? Hermione decides to take a chance, and what follows is an unforgettable night which will transform her life forever.
Pre-order now, coming 30th March: http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk/published-works/city-nights-one-night-budapest/
Lucy Felthouse is the award-winning author of erotic romance novels Stately Pleasures (named in the top 5 of Cliterati.co.uk’s 100 Modern Erotic Classics That You’ve Never Heard Of, and an Amazon bestseller) and Eyes Wide Open (an Amazon bestseller). Including novels, short stories and novellas, she has over 140 publications to her name. She owns Erotica For All, is book editor for Cliterati, and is one eighth of The Brit Babes. Find out more about her writing at http://lucyfelthouse.co.uk, or on Twitter and Facebook. You can also subscribe to her monthly newsletter at: http://eepurl.com/gMQb9