Today I am very excited to have the wonderful Amy Alward on the blog with a guest post. Her new book, The Potion Diaries: Going Viral came out yesterday and, if you haven't started this trilogy yet DO IT! This is the last book and it was absolutely brilliant!
FIVE PLACES I WROTE THE POTION DIARIES: GOING VIRAL
Standing at the top of the active Villaricca volcano in Chile, lava bubbling away at my feet, all I could think was… get me a piece of paper and a pen, so I can write down this experience for my next book!
Of course… I didn’t actually get to write anything while at the top of the volcano – I had to wait until I’d walked (or, in some parts – slid!) down the mountain to get back to town, where my trusty notebook was waiting. The words flew onto the page after that! If you read Going Viral, you’ll be able to guess exactly what chapters I wrote in that café in Pucon…
Travel has always formed a big part of my writing experience – and nowhere is this more evident than in The Potion Diaries: Going Viral. It also means that while travelling, I got to explore some of the world’s greatest coffee shops-turned-offices-from-home! Here are some of the favourite places I wrote Sam Kemi’s adventures:
1) Café de la P, Pucon, Chile
Pucon is the small town at the base of the Villaricca volcano, and the population almost triples during the summer because of all the amazing outdoor activities around! I ordered ‘tea with milk’ at a small café in town while jotting down some of the volcano scenes in Going Viral, and ended up with a peppermint teabag in a bowl of milk froth. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but got some good words down anyway!
2) El Ateneo Grand Splendid bookstore, Argentina
In the running for one of the most beautiful bookstores in the world, El Ateneo is a converted old theatre. An absolutely stunning and inspiring place to write, the coffee shop is situated on the stage. Delicious coffee, surrounded by books, sitting under a spotlight… not sure what could be better!
3) Borges Y Alvarez, El Calafate, Patagonia, Argentina
This ‘libro-bar’ is quite literally a bar inside a library – making it an uber cool place to write a few words. The town is also famous for its waffles and red wine… an odd combination, but it worked.
4) Guantanamera Yacht, Galapagos
If you check out this ‘Day in a Writing Life’ video from WH Smith’s [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-QUvvuDCys], you can see that I did a fair amount of work while on board a boat in the Galapagos! Not recommended if you get seasick, but I was so inspired to write about weird and wonderful magical creatures after seeing some of the wildlife of the Galapagos
5) Upper Rideau Lake, Ontario, Canada
For me, nothing beats writing by the lake (or fireside, in the winter time!) at my cottage in Canada. It’s peaceful, surrounded by beautiful trees and wildlife, and yet has all the creature comforts I need – including plenty of coffee! The bulk of Going Viral was written here; a place I was able to take a moment, absorb the months of travel, and translate them into the exciting, whirlwind adventures taken by Sam Kemi and her friends.
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of the places that inspired Going Viral – please feel free to get in touch with me on Twitter (@amy_alward) or on Instagram (@amyalward) to find out more about what (and where) I’m writing next :)
When the Princess of Nova accidentally poisons herself with a love potion meant for her crush, she falls crown-over-heels in lovewith her own reflection. Oops. A nationwide hunt is called to find the cure, with competitors travelling the world for the rarest ingredients, deep in magical forests and frozen tundras, facing death at every turn. Enter Samantha Kemi - an ordinary girl with an extraordinary talent. Sam's family were once the most respected alchemists in the kingdom, but they've fallen on hard times, and winning the hunt would save their reputation. But can Sam really compete with the dazzling powers of the ZoroAster megapharma company? Just how close is Sam willing to get to Zain Aster, her dashing former classmate and enemy, in the meantime? And just to add to the pressure, this quest is ALL OVER social media. And the world news. No big deal, then.