Some people do things because they need to be done. Dirty dishes, vacuuming, writing a new book. Not me. I need a rush of inspiration to get me moving. I’ll pick up a decorating magazine and realize “hey, I need to spiff up the house.” Or how about dust all those gorgeous candle holders that my husband barely tolerates so I can use them without catching the house on fire. I don’t like being that way. I want to be one of those organized, self-disciplined people who just get it done because it needs to be done. But I’m the way I am, and I have to live with it or change it. At the moment, inspiration is still steering the boat.
This brings me to writing, where inspiration truly is a help. Writers love telling stories or we wouldn’t be writers. It takes a lot of hard work to build a plot and characters into something that’s entertaining and engaging. There’s nothing worse than staring at that blank page with your fingers hovering over the keyboard and you have no idea what to write. I don’t call it writer’s block. I just have those moments when I need something to shake my creativity loose and give me that “ah ha” moment when things fall into place.
Lots of things inspire me. Movies, dreams, and driving through the countryside can be inspiration goldmines. I have very vivid dreams. If I could fully capture the essence of them in a book, I would have lots of bestsellers. And I seem to get great ideas just as I’m going to sleep or waking up. I’m not sure what that says about my conscious mind, but I’ve learned to keep a notepad or my cell phone by the bed. Many a night I’ve had my head underneath the covers so I didn’t disturb hubby while writing notes for a story.
There are other things that guarantee inspiration. Castles do it every time. Beautiful or haunting places. Haunting…hmmm I love ghostly anything. And mysteries, I love mysteries. How about catacombs, mysterious curses, relics, and old tombs? Love it! And sexy heroes. Yay! How about two of them?
All these elements are in Guardians of Stone, the first in my new relic seekers series coming December 4th. It’s described as Indiana Jones meets Stephanie Plum.
A feisty heroine with a sixth sense, and two sexy heroes, a mercenary, and a dark, eccentric billionaire are on a hunt for four powerful relics that could change their lives…and the course of history.
Faelan – A Highland Warrior Brief. Faelan Connor was the most powerful warrior the clan had known, until a demon locked him in a time vault where he slept for 150 years, while he waited to save the world and meet his destined mate. You know how his story ends. Now we’ll travel back to the 19th century and experience Faelan’s journey through his eyes. We’ll find out how he became the Mighty Faelan and discover that he may have met Bree even before she was born. And we’ll find out what really happened inside the time vault.
So come on, share with us the craziest inspiration you’ve found. One random commenter will receive an autographed ARC of Guardians of Stone.
NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Anita Clenney grew up an avid reader, devouring Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books before moving on to mysteries and romance. After working as a secretary, a Realtor, teacher’s assistant, booking agent for Aztec Fire Dancers, and a brief stint in a pickle factory (picture Lucy and Ethel--lasted half a day)…she realized she'd missed the fork in the road that led to her destiny. Now she spends her days writing mysteries and paranormal romantic suspense about Secret Warriors, Ancient Evil and Destined Love. Anita lives in suburban Virginia, outside Washington DC, with her husband and two kids.
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