Guest Post: Why are authors inspired by Paris? by Daisy Whitney

starry nightsStarry Nights by Daisy Whitney

Seventeen-year-old Julien is a romantic—he loves spending his free time at the museum poring over the great works of the Impressionists. But one night, a peach falls out of a Cezanne, Degas ballerinas dance across the floor, and Julien is not hallucinating.

The art is reacting to a curse that trapped a beautiful girl, Clio, in a painting forever. Julien has a chance to free Clio and he can’t help but fall in love with her. But love is a curse in its own right. And soon paintings begin to bleed and disappear. Together Julien and Clio must save the world’s greatest art . . . at the expense of the greatest love they’ve ever known.


Daisy WhitneyAuthor Daisy Whitney

By day, Daisy Whitney is a reporter and ghostwriter. At night, she writes novels for teens and is the author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS and its sequel THE RIVALS (Little, Brown). Her third novel WHEN YOU WERE HERE releases in June 2013 (Little, Brown), and her fourth novel STARRY NIGHTS (Bloomsbury) hits shelves in September 2013. When Daisy’s not inventing fictional high school worlds, she can be found somewhere north of San Francisco walking her adorable dog, watching online TV with her fabulous husband or playing with her fantastic kids.  A graduate of Brown University, she believes in shoes, chocolate chip cookies and karma.  You can follow her writing blog and new media adventures at (I don’t rate books on GoodReads, nor do I check the site so please friend me on Facebook instead.)


Guest Post: Why are authors inspired by Paris?


Paris is the most wonderful city in the world! J’adore Paris!

To my mind, Paris is inspiring because it’s about art and beauty. Beauty is everywhere in Paris. The shopkeepers take great pride in crafting gorgeous window displays for shoes, necklaces, and clothes. The bakeries often boast towering creations in their windows, pyramids of dazzling tarts and glazes, macarons in every color of the rainbow, eclairs that call out to you.

The markets are gorgeous too with endless arrays of flowers in every color, and huge vats of strawberries and tables full of yummy breads. Even the billboards in the subways often feature clever and creative ads. Paris is a city that embraces loveliness for its own sake. Beauty is its own reward, and beauty in small things is cultivated as a way of life. Paris also encourages lingering in cafes. You don’t see the French people carrying their coffees as much as we do. Many of them sit down at cafes to enjoy an espresso and watch the world go by. They take time at lunch to enjoy their food. They savor moments.

That’s just the everyday Paris though. Then there’s the extraordinary Paris – the ballet, the museums, the churches, the architecture, the curving, cobbled streets. It’s hard not to be inspired in Paris, both in the little things and in the big things. Paris fosters creativity and is alive with inspiration.

As for why I wrote a male narrator — the answer is easy. Because I wanted the girl from the painting to come alive. Plus, I enjoy writing romantic boys.