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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Inspiration - Where does it come from?

When being interviewed on blogs and during book tours, one question comes up more than others, that question being, "Where do you find inspiration for your stories?"

The truth is, I find inspiration everywhere. Sometimes from a conversation with a friend, something I've overheard, a news article, something I've witnessed... And on facebook, I have a friend who shares all kinds of inspiring photos, pictures that let my imagination soar.

So, I thought I'd share a quick rundown of what inspired some of the stories I've written.

Never Gonna Let You Go - inspired by a story I wrote in my high school Science Fiction English course.

The Zurian Child - inspired by a dream, and my daughter.

The Power of Three - inspired by a conversation with a friend/critique partner.

Crash Landing - inspired by a conversation with my editor who is also a friend.

My other stories were written within certain parameters. ie. For a specific line that had guidelines. Though if you've read from any of those lines, you will know that every author interprets those guidelines differently.

So, tell me, what do you think is inspiring in everyday life?

And I'll leave you with an excerpt from Never Gonna Let You Go:

A rustling in the grass woke Calla. She assumed Melina was still packing the equipment and rolled over smiling. “I needed that more than you can ever imagine.”

She gasped at the snarl she received in response, a very inhuman snarl replaced all feelings of fulfillment with fear. Opening her eyes, she found herself face to face with a large feline-like creature. There was nothing friendly in its green, glowing eyes or the curl of its lips, showing very sharp, yellowed teeth. Its putrid breath wafted across her face.

A growl came from behind her, only this time it was human. “Don’t move.” A man.

She held her breath, fear preventing her from doing anything else. A line of sticky drool splashed onto her cheek.

A shrill cry filled the air. “Calla….”

She missed the rest of the words. The feline-like creature lunged for her. Its claws dug into her bare skin. She writhed under the sharp pain. When its teeth pierced her side, she screamed before succumbing to darkness.

Jessica Subject started writing to encourage her daughter to read. Now she writes to keep herself grounded. Although she reads many genres, she enjoys writing Science Fiction Romance the most and believes everyone in the universe deserves a happily ever after. She lives Southwestern Ontario, Canada with her husband and two kids and loves to hear from anyone who has enjoyed her stories.


Barbara Elsborg said...

Well, I was inspired by the Olympic games to write a story about them - then went off the idea. I was also inspired by the Tour de France and the way the guys had to toil up the mountains. Wanted to write a story about that too but its been done so well in Cat by Freya North - I don't know what I could do that would be different. Good thing there's lots of inspiration around!

Tamaria Soana said...

Great post. Inspiration comes when you least except it, well for me it does.

Obsession (my debut novella) came from a scary real life experience I had.

Dream Lover (my Wip) was inspired by a Beyoncé song called Sweet Dreams.

At Sunset was inspired by my need to write a sexy beach/lifeguard story. lol.

Jessica E. Subject said...

Barbara - Those stories can still be written. You just have to add your twist to them. ;)

Tamaria - Amazing where stories begin. And yes, sometimes the need to write a certain story doesn't require any inspiration. It's just there. :)

D L Jackson said...

Gah, the inspiration needs to back off me. LOL
Still struggling to write one story at a time.
Everything flips my switch to on.