Giorgio and Gerardina Tirone.
The storyline about love and passion and obsession overstepping their boundaries came from always wondering, was it one or the other? A fatal combination of all three? Was love ever really in the equation?
That picture provoked so many questions throughout my life. I would get lost in my head imagining where they went wrong. Looking at it, they appeared happy. And at the same time it was surreal looking at them like that, with the stories I knew about them- tarnishing that happy image that was portrayed.
When my characters began to take on personalities and a path of their own- my grandparents' image would clash with the details I had no other choice but to make up.
So there was a metamorphosis on the characters.
With new muses, I could write much more freely and my grandparents' ghosts couldn't haunt the fiction in it anymore.
I could reconcile it with the fact that Farewell, my Loves is inspired by, not based on entirely or written as a memoir.
Gio and Gia were inspired from Giorgio and Gerardina- but the characters don't have to follow their life to a 't'.
The story has a voice of its own now, but the echoes of my grandparents' presence still resonates within. After all, it started with them.
My grandfather committed a crime of passion.
My grandmother was the victim of his obsession.
What I hope would make interesting to the reader is when they try to determine what was made up and what was real.
[ Fingers crossed for a release this year ]