Although I frequently invent imaginary creatures in my fantasy stories, for pure magic it’s hard to top the real, live peacock. The deep jewel-tone colors of the male peafowl are breathtaking, but the snowy white albino peacock is absolutely stunning too.
I’d seen a few peacocks when I was a child, and had always found them fascinating. The creatures made the greatest impact on me, however, when I visited the Los Angeles Country Arboretum and Botanic Garden in Arcadia, California. I’d never seen so many peafowl in one place before, and in such lovely surroundings. As I walked through the 127 acre Arboretum grounds, I passed scenery straight out of a storybook.
And to all this natural beauty, add dozens and dozens of peacocks strutting around in full display. I’ve never forgotten that day, and as a result I sneak peacocks into my books from time to time. In my full-length novel, Tournament of Chance (coming September 28th from Musa Publishing), the young heroine visits a castle with her father and is enchanted by the peacocks she sees there. When she’s grown up, she wears the tip of a peacock feather in her lapel for luck during archery competitions.
Have you ever seen a creature so magical you never forgot it?
~ S.G. Rogers