Because I have a background as an artist my thoughts turned to Leyendecker, a contemporary of Norman Rockwell. These are examples of his work. In my favourite painting of his, there's a starving artist, wrapped in a blanket, painting a feast, while cooking a sausage over a burner. Having lived as a starving artist, trying to make a living illustrating children's books, I can really relate to that painting. Actually Leyendeck and his brother did really well as illustrators.
Currently I'm working on a novella set in the very near future. In this world there's been a retro-thirties revival. The story starts in a heritage listed, Art Deco mansion on the Brisbane River where a murder has been committed.
Since I'm writing a near-future, noir, paranormal mystery, love story, the look and feel of Leyendecker's art has inspired me. I've been researching Art Deco buildings and fashions. In the end only a small fraction of what I've researched will appear in the story but, hopefully, the odd reference here and there will give it the flavour I want.
And because I'm 'god' while writing this story, my detective will be driving a retro-Airflow powered by something eco-friendly. Haven't decided what yet. The story is set in the early 2030s. But here's the car that inspired me.All I need now, is time at my computer without constant interruptions by my teenage sons, who want to know important thinks like, what's for dinner, Mum?