Posted by Kelly Krysten at 11:28 AM |
I think eventually as a blogger the same subject is bound to come up-well, at least for me but play along so I don’t feel dumb! Today I’m going to talk about inspiration for our stories. Specifically where we get our ideas from. See, I get the dumbfounded looks from writers when I ask where they got their ideas. Yes, they do sort of drop into out heads but for me sometimes there’s a tiny seed of something, somewhere feeding me. I always felt out of the loop because of this. But one day I walked into my local Borders to find this amazingly beautiful woman signing books. I hadn’t known it was an author day-in fact I’m fairly sure my Borders doesn’t often do this- if ever!
She was so sweet and welcoming that I had to go talk to her. Her name is T. Marie Benchley author of Once Wicked Always Dead and one of my first questions for her was,”How did you get the idea for this book?” Internally my stomach lurched and I felt like a dolt. This is the king(or queen) of bad questions for authors. I’ve read so many blogs about it and couldn’t believe my faux pas. I scrambled to say, “Oh, um, I know that’s a hard question so…” And she graciously stopped me and said, “No, I know exactly how I got the idea.” Phew! There won’t be a review of the book today but one is coming.
We talked about writing and I felt so pleased to have met her. As an aside: Interestingly enough she’s related to the author that wrote Jaws.
So now I’m just hoping the question won’t be greeted with banal looks. When a person asks that question they’re taking an interest in us. It’s flattering and Benchley’s good conversation and winning personality sold many books that day-I saw so many people checking out with it.
How do you feel when people ask where you get your ideas from? Do they literally drop from the sky and land in your head? Or do they stem from something? I’m truly curious.