Woot! I have a special treat for you. One of my favorite paranormal romance authors, Cynthia Eden, is here to share what inspires her & she is giving away a copy of her upcoming release ANGEL OF DARKNESS. Cynthia writes sexy, intelligent and fast-paced stories with droolworthy heroes. If you haven't read her Midnight series, get reading! But first read this post :)
Hi, everyone! (And a big thanks to Mina for inviting me over!)
Today’s post is all about inspiration. I’ve found, as a writer, that I can be inspired by just about anything. Songs, movies, scary sounds in the dark—I feel like my muse is always perching close by, waiting for something to strike a spark.
And I’ve discovered that people can really inspire me, too. When I was in college, I had an assignment for a non-verbal communication experiment. I was supposed to go to a crowded area (like a mall or a movie theater) and just watch people. After a while, I was supposed to write down the non-verbal communication techniques that I observed. It was fascinating to see people display all sorts of feelings and emotions (anger, excitement, happiness, sadness) all without ever hearing a word that they said.
Since that experiment, I’ve learned to keep watching for those non-verbal cues (and I use them a lot in my books). So when I see a girl with her hands clenched, marching rapidly away from her friends, I wonder…what stirred her anger? What’s her story? And my mind starts to plot and plan.
Of course, inspiration isn’t just something that strikes in the writing area. I think people are inspired in all aspects of life. For me, I get inspired on a personal level when I go star gazing with my son or when I take him to the beach and we play pirates. Simple things like sunsets can inspire me and make me feel rejuvenated. Falling leaves make me smile. So do snowflakes—but down in Alabama, we don’t see those too often!
So those are a few things that inspire me…but what inspires you? Share with me, and one commenter can an early copy of my upcoming release, ANGEL OF DARKNESS (Available 11/29/11) from Kensington Brava.
Have a great day! I hope you get inspired!
ANGEL OF DARKNESS—Available 11/29/11 from Kensington Brava