Ever wonder what gave your favorite author the spark to make them want to write? I have, and for most it seems reading was the key. But it was different for me.
So what was it that inspired me to write?
Would you believe me if I told you it was a TV show?
Eh, maybe that’s not such a strange thing. I’m sure other writers have been inspired by TV shows. In truth, maybe it wasn’t the show itself as much as it was the actor’s portrayal of the main character. He pulled me in—as I now know he did to countless others—and made me love his character.
The show was Moonlight, and the actor was Alex O’Loughlin. If you haven’t seen his work, you should—and not only because he looks good shirtless. He is an amazing actor and an all-around good guy. Oh, and did I mention the sexy Australian accent? Hmm, wonder why one of the heroes in my series is an Aussie? I have no idea.
I’ve loved vampires ever since seeing the movie Interview with the Vampire. I hadn’t read a vampire novel before that but I ran out to gather up the first three in Anne Rice’s series. Come on. Who doesn’t love Lestat?
Still, that never inspired me to write.
It was the vampire PI, Mick St. John, on Moonlight who captured my heart enough to make me want to write. To actually publish. To give someone else the same enjoyment I’d received from my new obsession with all things vampire.
I started like a lot of others, with fan fiction. My Moonlight fanfic was very well received, though it was a long way from the type of writing I would need in order to publish. But it was my start.
From there, I learned all I could about writing—but that is for a future post.
My first manuscript, which is still not fit to see the light of day, was a cross between Interview and Moonlight. I wanted to create a Mick St. John mixed with Lestat—and I did. If I’d only known how to write back then, it might have been great. I hope to rewrite it someday, but I had to leave it behind for now in order to keep moving forward.
At some point I discovered paranormal romance novels. Then erotic paranormal romance. I was hooked. Kresley Cole’s Immortals after Dark Series was an immediate favorite.
My first manuscript did have some wonderful romantic scenes in it, but the fact that the hero and heroine never ended up together meant it was absolutely not a romance.
I eventually decided to write an erotic paranormal romance novel with some of the characters from that original work. This is where Night Therapy, an upcoming novel in my Nocturnal Surrender Series, came from. I started it a while ago, put it on hold and wrote the three novelettes/novellas that precede it in the series, and am now back to working on it again—although, my upcoming surgery will affect the release by at least a month or two. I’m still hoping for a spring release, but it may be early summer.
I have many other stories I’ve begun, but they have been put on hold because the vampires in The Nocturnal Surrender Series are my favorite. They want to come to life. They’re in my head, banging around, yelling at me to let them out. Yes, writers can be a little crazy with their imaginary friends.
Now what was the point I was trying to make? Oh, yeah. That’s right. It’s that inspiration can strike from anywhere, and when it does, you need to grab onto it and let it take you for an amazing ride. I know I’m glad I did.
So what inspires you in life, whether it is to write or to do anything else?