I love reading about writers' quirks, superstitions and rituals. I like to think I have some myself, but I'm too inconsistent to be really good at it - pesky life keeps getting in the way, and then I forget, and then ... But one thing I do do, quite a lot, is have an object that symbolizes the book I'm working on, that I like to have around when I'm writing. For Silver Skin, I had two:
a broken Stone Age spearhead from Belize, brought back by a son who'd spotted it just lying beside a path deep in the rain forest
an amber necklace that I bought in Norfolk while attending a FCBG conference about a gazillion years ago.
Silver Skin is a YA sci-fi/historical/adventure/romance, mostly set in Stone Age Orkney, at Skara Brae, in the time just before it disappeared. The spearhead may be from the other side of the world, but holding it in my hand gave me a frisson of connection to another time. And there is a much more spectacular version of the amber necklace in the book (though I can't say who's wearing it as that'd be a spoiler).
So now it's your turn. Do you have talismans or emblems for any of your books? And if so, indulge our curiosity and let us know what they are!
Joan Lennon's website.
Joan Lennon's blog.
Silver Skin website.