Images to spur the creation of my next novel, Nederland (working title). As my sidebar claims, it’s a “YA märchen set in 17th century Holland.” The six swans fairy tale? That’s my inspiration. Not a retelling. Just a springboard.
So, clockwise, beginning upper left: Hendrik, youngest of the swan brothers (and love interest). Reina, our heroine. Peiter, her father. Jantina, her (silent) mother. And half-sister to Hendrik. Arie, Reina’s older brother. (They have two other brothers, twins, who don’t come into the story much.) Magtel, the village grandmother/herb woman. Wanted Pieter to marry her daughter. Hilje. Aforementioned daughter, a cripple and the children’s nurse.
I know I am.
(Now, how many BBC faces do you recognize? ;)