The other day I was walking my dog when a familiar scent crossed my path. Instantly, I was back in New York City on my great-grandmother’s porch walking among her delicious-scented garden. I could hear her crackly voice mixed with her thick New York accent. I could feel the security and protection only childhood can offer. I could see the bright colors–reds and purples and yellows–covering her yard with butterflies dancing between them and busy bees taking nectar. The memory was triggered by the scent. I don’t know which flower I smelled on that walk, but I can guarantee you it was also in her garden.
According to fifthsense.org., “The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. Those with full olfactory function may be able to think of smells that evoke particular memories; the scent of an orchard in blossom conjuring up recollections of a childhood picnic, for example.”
As an author, it is my job to create worlds that the reader wants to spend time in. This requires great attention to sensory detail in order to really build a place that is vivid and alive. And then it hit me:
What if I could create unique, handcrafted candles based off moments in my books for readers to light while they read to truly experience the story? They could even light the candle when they aren’t reading the book to enjoy the fragrance and return to the story world at any time.
This is Wick Books®, a way to experience the story as the author intended.
Jaimie Engle is the creator and founder of Wick Books® story-scented candles based off smells from her award-winning speculative fiction books, literary classics, and soon to come: today’s bestsellers and independent authors.
Her speculative fiction books are her inspiration for handcrafting gel-mineral based candles available for purchase, along with her book, through her store at jmebooks.com.