By NJ.Walters On Apr 23 2014, 9:00 am
I hear voices in my head.
No, I really do. They talk to me all the time. They tell me their stories. But more than that, they demand I write them. And some of them can get very insistent at times, so I sit in front of the computer screen, put my fingers on the keyboard and listen.
Sure, I may have jotted down a few notes about who these people are, maybe have a few ideas about their story. Mostly, I just pay attention and type. It sounds weird, but that’s the way it happens for me. I’ve often said that all I do is take dictation for whatever characters are whispering in my ears.
It’s a fun and exciting job. Sure, it can be frustrating at times, and it’s certainly time-consuming, but I wouldn’t want to make a living any other way. It’s been over nine years since my first book was released—time has certainly flown by—and now that I’ve started listening to the voices I don’t think I could shut them off even if I wanted to, which I don’t. That means no matter what happens in my life, I’ll be writing stories.
The best part of my job, other than the creation of the books themselves, is the amazing people who read them. People from all over the world have written me to tell me that my books have both entertained and touched them. I’ve written under many different sub-genres of romance from contemporary to paranormal to ménage a trois to futuristic, and the readers have all come along for the ride with me. That means more to me than you can say.
The wonderful thing about what I do is that there are story ideas everywhere. An overheard snippet of conversation can spark an idea. A magazine article can get the wheels turning in my head. Television, movies, nonfiction books are all sources of inspiration. And sometimes an idea just seems to pop out of the ether and land in my mind. I know some authors get their ideas from their dreams but that’s never happened to me—yet. Many times it’s the combination of several ideas that get the creative juices flowing. Read more…