Over this week I’m blogging about the characters in my new novella Locked in the Moment, released on 14th February as part of the Love Unlocked Anthology from Beaten Track Publishing.
Yesterday and the day before I introduced you to Sol the troll and Lucien the fairy. They are the main characters in the story. We do meet some others, but only very briefly.
Today I want to talk about something else in the story that has a lot of character whilst not actually being a character itself.
Without this “character” none of the the stories in Love Unlocked would even have been written. Lovers would not have a place to seal their love and our very own Sol would not have a home.
I’m talking, of course, about the Bridge.
It is known as “Love-Lock Bridge”. It is actually named le Pont des Arts, and is a pedestrian bridge crossing the river Seine. There are other bridges, in Paris and across the world, in fact, where lovers have chosen to fix their love-locks, but le Pont des Arts captured imaginations last year after the locks were removed by the Paris authorities because the weight had become too much. Some of the grates had collapsed under the sheer volume of all that “love” so they decided it was safer to remove them all.
Some of the locks being removed from the bridge
Beaten Track Publishing put out a submission call for an anthology of stories telling how the removal of these romantic icons might affect the couples who had placed them there.
The bridge in my story is not only a place for lovers to hang their locks but also a home. Sol’s home. He is a troll and he’ll defend his home even if it means destroying something very precious in the process. He wasn’t to know how important those darn locks were.
Whilst researching for this story I found a story about le Pont des Arts and a bridge close to my home that has a specific significance to my story, since it is where the cover for Locked in the Moment was photographed. Click here to read the article.
Now I would like to tell you about one of the other six stories that are included in the Love Unlocked Anthology.
The Weekend by J P Walker
Nat’s been through a rough breakup and trust does not come easily. When she accompanies a group of friends to Paris for a hen weekend, she finds a connection she wasn’t looking for, in the form of beautiful, passionate Morgan. They quickly fall into a wonderful weekend fling and even engrave their initials into a lock and attach it to the most romantic bridge in the world, Love Lock Bridge.
But was that weekend fling all there was, or will news of the bridge being taken down lead to something more?
To read more about JP Walker click here