Why do writers write…and where do we get our inspiration?
I am often asked this question…particularly where do I get the inspiration for the alternative worlds in my steampunk and paranormal romances.
The simple answer is you write because you have to and your inspiration comes from many places. Even though at times it can be difficult—the times when you have an idea or a scene developing in your mind and you have to be social and interact with family and friends and all you want to do is get it written before it slips away.
This morning I was struggling with a scene in my current work in progress… the morning after a sex scene. How were my characters going to handle it?
My car needed a wheel alignment and as I drove out to the garage, Aerosmith’s I don’t wanna miss a thing came over the radio. As I sang along with Steven Tyler (luckily there were no passengers in the car) one line stuck in my mind: I could lie awake just to hear you breathing. By the time I walked home from the garage on a cold and frosty morning, the scene was written.
In my latest release, Blind Lust ,my culinary ghost… (you will have to read it to find out what a culinary ghost is) was based on a real person and came from a throwaway comment from a friend who related how the new owners of her deceased mother’s house sold it because they claimed Helen haunted the kitchen.
That was the germ of the idea for Blind Lust and I loved writing every word of it.
Much of my inspiration comes from nature. The sound of the waves breaking on the sand, a fluffy cloud scudding across the sky on a windy day, a spectacular sunrise or sunset has formed the idea for many a scene or setting. I am fortunate to live by the ocean and have many opportunities for seeing spectacular settings.
Walking in my garden one summer evening provided the inspiration for a scene in Blind Lust.
Slowly, silently the full moon walked the night sky. Lizzy sat cross-legged in a circle of red candles on the damp grass in her back garden. Tall trumpet lilies bowed their heads elegantly to the moonlight, silver licorice plants formed long draping sweeps illuminated by the soft light. The vanilla scent of white heliotrope mingled with the sweet smoke drifting across her hands, which rested lightly in her lap. Voices whispered in the silver birch trees and she chanted softly under her breath, repeating the incantation twenty one times.
A good author develops the skill of being in two worlds simultaneously and because of that you are never lonely!
About the Author: Annie Seaton lives on the beautiful east coast of Australia, where she loves sitting in her writing chair, gazing at the ocean and writing stories. She has always been fascinated by all things historical and has found her niche writing contemporary romance and steampunk, where strong heroines and brooding heroes fight together to make their alternative world a better place.
Her debut novel, Holiday Affair, a contemporary romance set in the South Pacific was released as part of Entangled Publishing’s Indulgence line in March. The sequel Italian Affair is currently underway. Watch out for the story of Tom and Brianna the sex therapist who spices up his life!
Winter of the Passion Flower was released through Lyrical Press at the same time. Currently immersed in the creation of Book Two, a full length novel, the adventures of Sofia and her Scottish laird, Annie is already looking forward to the rest of the series, particularly the adventures of Indigo’s four boys: Jago and Jory, Ruan and Kit. Strong sassy heroines and rebellious heroes have a rollicking good time as they work to make the world a better place–
albeit their own steampunk world.
Blind Lust, a paranormal novella (and her favourite story) was released by Musa Publishing on 15th June.
Annie lives with her husband, and ‘Bob’ the dog and two white cats, in a house next to the beach in a small coastal town of New South Wales. Their two children are grown and married and she loves spending time gardening, walking on the beach and spoiling her two grandchildren.
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