I think what appeals to me about writing fantasy, is the opportunity to create anew world and walk through new surroundings.
It's the same reason I love travel. In all it's forms, travel lets us explore new places, learn new languages and expose ourselves to new culture, completely out of our comfort zone and familiarity.
For me, travel is more than just flying somewhere exotic. I love train, coach and bus journeys just as much, if not more. Who doesn't enjoy people watching and discovering people?
My love of travel extends to travel shows, (Damon and Jo anyone?), to travel literature both factual and literature. There was something magical abut the first time I discovered the underwater hotel in Fiji and the Icebar in Finland. Then joining Rita Golden Gelman and Cheryl Strayed in the memoirs of their journeys had me gripped; holding onto every word.
Next up is my film choices. It's no surprise my list of favourite films all take me across the globe- Midnight in Paris, Roman Holiday, An Affair to Remember, Brooklyn, Eat Pray Love and Copenhagen to name a few.
At this point it's pretty safe to say the loves of my life are travel and writing. My perfect life would be combining the two of them documenting my journeys while writing my books.
So if anyone has any suggestions, i'm all ears!!!!