A Christmas Story   Yep, if I find the time, I’m going to write a short Christmas story about Desiree and Brandon this year. Keep checking back.               Credits: The lovely photo above is from freeimagesetc.wordpress.com.

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One of the significant locations in my novel, Painter of Dreams, is the St. Charles Hotel in New Orleans, which is where Brandon and Captain Henderson stayed. The hotel figures into my fourth novel as well. In 1851, a fire destroyed the original hotel. It was rebuilt in 1852.  The large…

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I collect old illustrations, paintings, and other ephemera pertaining to New Orleans, Liverpool, and ships of old as such things make me feel closer to my story, to my characters. One of my favorites is the 1845 painting above of New Orleans and the Belle Creole. The painting gives one a…

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In Painter of Dreams, the North Star Ship, Margaret, burns while it’s in the Mersey in Liverpool. In book four, this tragedy holds extra significance, but I can’t tell you more about it at this time. This portrait represents Desiree’s painting of the ill-fated vessel.

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What’s wrong with this portrait?   Meet Chester Hawthorn 6th Earl of Drayton. Inspiration can come from strange places. Sometimes it comes from an old photo or painting. I came across a vintage portrait and thought about how much it reminded me of Captain Chester Hawthorn, 6th Earl of Drayton, Brandon’s…

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100 Most Beautiful Word Words are like flowers–some are very beautiful. Here are some of my favorite words. What are some of yours?   Ailurophile: A cat-lover. Assemblage: A gathering. Becoming: Attractive. Beleaguer: To exhaust with attacks. Brood: To think alone. Bucolic: In a lovely rural setting. Bungalow: A small,…

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Painter of Dreams FAQs by BobetteBryan Here are the answers to some of the frequent questions I’ve received about my novel, Painter of Dreams, which is the first book in my North Star Series. Why did you write Painter of Dreams? I wrote it in the 1980s when I was…

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