By Shelley Munro On Mar 20 2010, 10:06 am
Inspiration comes in many forms. Like many writers, I enjoy people watching. One of my all-time favorite things to do is go to the mall, grab a coffee and watch the world pass by. I also enjoy learning new things and trying new experiences, many of which find there way into my writing in some shape or form. My June 2010 release, Seeking Kokopelli came about after my husband and I visited New Mexico and Colorado. I’m currently working on a book set in Yellowstone National Park, which we also visited.
In the last month, I’ve done two new things to add to my experience “bank.”
Our local community has a retirement village. They were holding an open day so I went along to tour the facilities. I actually had a lot of fun learning how retirement villages work and seeing the facilities. My tour ended with free drinks and a meal, which was a bonus, especially since my glass seemed to magically refill.
During the weekend, our local primary school held a gala day. I enjoyed wandering past all the stalls and seeing all the different things they had on offer. I have an idea for a contemporary series and the gala day will work perfectly as part of my plot.
In just under a month, I’m going on a Pacific cruise. I cannot wait! I intend to sign up for a shipboard tour, and I’m sure the knowledge I gain will work its way into a book at some stage. I carry my digital camera everywhere I go and take lots of photos to help me remember the different nuances of any new experiences.
People always ask writers if they write about their own experiences. In my case, I do put a lot of myself into my books, although when it comes to love scenes I’m not telling. I add a little imagination to the things I learn and, hopefully, come up with a book that readers will enjoy.
Shelley Munro lives in New Zealand and writes contemporary and paranormal romance for Samhain Publishing. Her next release is The Bottom Line, which is about a woman who explores the world of spanking and finds love along the way. You can visit Shelley at www.shelleymunro.com