A.S. Fenichel has set us a tricky topic this week on the Romance Writers Weekly Blog Hop. She says:
Pick a book or story you’ve written and tell us where the inspiration came from.
If you joined me from Clair Brett, welcome!
Inspiration is an odd thing. It can be like waiting for lightning to strike. Sometimes is just a sentence that pops into my head. Or I read something and wonder what happened next. Sometimes it is more deliberate, like AFTER WORDS, my first seasoned romance.
Here’s how AFTER WORDS came about.
I knew I wanted to write a romance with older characters. I was also toying with the idea of writing a dual timeline story – one where plots in the present day and in the past run concurrently and are linked in some mysterious way. I also knew I wanted to write something that was Canadian.
In my wanderings on the internet, I came across the Canadian Letters and Images Project, which preserves the memorabilia of soldiers. That’s where I found the diary of William Henry Smith – and the rest, as they say, is history. You can find out more in the Acknowledgements section of AFTER WORDS (which is available now at all e-retailers. You know. Just in case you haven't read it yet...).
For my upcoming release, RICHLY DESERVED, I wanted something “the same but different” as AFTER WORDS. I live less than two hours away for the famed gold rush town of Barkerville, and had always thought it might be interesting to write something tied in with that. As I researched the history of that town, I came across the biography of William George Richardson Hind, one of the only artists known to have visited Barkerville during the height of its fame. The idea of centering a mystery around an antique painting caught me, and so Titus and Claudia’s story was born. I can’t wait for everyone to meet them on March 29!
Are you a creator? Whether with words, paint, clay or some other medium? I’d love to hear how you are inspired. Then hop over to Jenna Da Sie to see what gets her creativity flowing.