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What I learned about writing from a church


Today I’m over at Kate Heartfield’s site as part of her Unlikely Influences on writing series. I reveal what I learned about writing from the Gaudi church. It’s one of my favourite places in the world and I can’t wait to go back there again.

The spirit of wild imagination and utter audacity of La Sagrada Familia, as well as its mashup of architectural traditions, gave me the imaginative framework for my book. The history of the church helped me to flesh out the character of Cross. The church has existed through several eras of history, just as he has. It’s been in a constant state of reinvention and evolution, just like he has. It combines different architectural styles, just as I do with literary styles in the book: noir, urban fantasy, historical fantasy, literary fiction, and probably some others I’ve forgotten.