In Soul Snare, Clare James is an art student studying in London. While she is there she breaks her foot and has to spend the last part of her semester primarily in her flat (or apartment). She had started a drawing over her Spring Break, and she uses it to keep herself from going stir crazy. She has it tacked up on the wall over her bed to sketch on because it's rather big and she can't stand up to work. While Clare is drawing it for her own reasons, she finds it speaks to people in ways she never expected.
In books about art, I often wonder what the piece looks like they are talking about, so I based this part of the book on one of my own works that I drew in London while I was taking it easy after I fractured my own foot jogging in a canal bed.
The story the drawing is based on can be found in Judges 13-16 in the Bible. Click here to read it.
The fatherly taxi driver who returned Clare's money to her jacket pocket without her knowing it until later was based on an actual act of kindness to me by my taxi driver.
Excerpt from Soul Snare:
I was exhausted and the adrenaline was drifting out of my brain, leaving me in a haze. We'd talked late into the night and it was the most challenging activity I'd had in days. I nestled down into my dent in the mattress and gazed up at Delilah through half closed eyes one last time. Her shocked face looked back at me from the pool of moonlight that came through the window. I could feel the weight of sleep as I began to drift off. Suddenly Delilah leaned off the wall over me and her perfect, plump lips rounded in a whisper. "Clare? Are you awake?"
I sat up, my eyes so wide inthe dark they hurt. I stared up at her, not blinking. Had her lips really moved?
"Clare?" The half whisper came again. My racing heart slowed as I recognized Trixie's voice. I wasn't used to having someone else in the room after the long break and my tired half dream state had tricked me. I exhaled in relief, like a balloon deflating.
"I am now, you goof. I dreamed Delilah was talking to me. You scared me half to death!"
I heard a giggle in the dark.
"She's creeping me out too. Can you tell me about the cows? I can't sleep thinking about her story."