By Narelle Atkins
I wrote the majority of my sixth book, Seaside Proposal, during the middle of a chilly Canberra winter. I did escape the cold for a week in July at the RWA Conference in San Antonio. But, five nights in Texan summer heat and humidity didn’t give me the sense of an evening cool summer breeze off the ocean.
I bought a candle called Seabreeze and olive, and it smells like the ocean. I can close my eyes and imagine the warm beach is nearby.
I had a pink candle scented with apple blossom. A floral scent that reminded me of my fictitious town of Snowgum Creek surrounded by apple orchards.
I have an amber wood and vanilla candle that has a rustic scent and reminds me of the open spaces in the country.
My ceramic soccer ball electronic burner is versatile and I can use different scented melts in the pot. My current favourite is a tangerine combination. A happy, uplifting scent that puts a smile on my face.
Do you use scents to evoke mood and atmosphere? Have you used scents and candles in combination with your writing? I’d love to hear our thoughts and experiences.
Narelle blogs regularly with International Christian fiction Writers and Inspy Romance. http://internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com/
She is also a co-founder of the Australian Christian Readers Blog Alliance (ACRBA).
Twitter: @NarelleAtkins https://twitter.com/NarelleAtkins