By Beth Williamson On Apr 27 2012, 6:00 am
I get asked a lot where I get my ideas for my books. I shrug and say, "Everywhere." I thought I should expand on that cryptic answer and talk about what makes my heart beat, and better yet, what makes it stop and swoon.
I'm an emotional person, get choked up at tv shows, movies, commercials, band concerts, books, and so on. It doesn't take much to turn on the waterworks, and I'm not sure if that's good or bad. What that means is I feel things deeply. My heart and mind are impacted by the world around me.
Let me give you an example. Recently I read an article about the guy in the pink tutu. Wha? It's the story about a man whose wife had breast cancer. He wanted to cheer her up so he took a picture of himself wearing only a pink tutu (ya can't see anything beneath the tutu, so they're not naughty pics). Then he took another picture in a different location, and again and again. Now he's publishing a book of all the pictures and the profits will go toward non profit cancer research.
That story made me choke up. That is LOVE y'all. Pure, joyful love from one man to his lady. (I'm getting teary-eyed writing this blog post about that story – ha!).
This is what inspires me to write – the world around us has that kind of love. When I write a book my heart beats fast, my palms sweat and I become a character in that book, feeling everything right along with them. I can't help it. It's how I'm put together.
My next Samhain release, ENDLESS HEART, is brimming with intense, raw emotion. Powerful stuff. I am a hopeless romantic. A sucker for a happy ending who gets indignant when there is no HEA. It's no wonder I am a voracious romance reader and author.
My husband thinks these books are a fantasyland and in a way he's right. They are fantasy – I mean it's fiction, right? LOL. If it wasn't fiction, the book would be a biography or something equally as ho-hum like non-fiction. *makes a face*
Inspiration comes in many forms and each day something new reminds me of just how amazing life can be. Rock on, world, and keep it coming.