Unexpected Inspiration

on October 17, 2014

What is this? Am I really blogging? No way. *clicks around* Looks like I am. Don’t worry, I’m as surprised as you are.

Osburn-MoreToGive-17603-CV-FT-V4So here’s the secret about the life of an author. While you, the readers, are anticipating the next release (MORE TO GIVE, Nov 11), we’re finishing the one after that (HIS FIRST AND LAST, May 2015), and plotting the next. In fact, the characters for the third and fourth books of the new series are already chatting away in my brain. Those are books that won’t see the light of day until 2016 at the earliest.

The point is, authors are weird. But you knew that.

One of the problems with the books moving this fast is that the writer brain doesn’t always like to plot on cue. My characters come to me while I’m nodding off at night. I’m fortunate that they show up, but I don’t have any control over when it happens.

That means I have to stay open all the time. You’ve probably seen little memes on Facebook or Pinterest that say a writer never turns it off. If we aren’t writing, we’re thinking about writing, and it’s true. Which is why the strangest things can serve as inspiration.

I’m a channel surfer when it comes to the radio, and not embarrassed to say that a couple buttons in my car are set to pop stations. For days I’ve been struggling to lock down solid details on the plot of a future book, and to my surprise, Rita Ora and Iggy Azalea came to my rescue.

Cowboys2Their song Black Widow gave me the perfect structure for the story. If you know the song, you might have an idea where this is going. If you don’t know it, let’s just say, my heroine is not going to make life easy for her hero. Not. At. All.

Don’t get me wrong, I am super excited about the release of both MORE TO GIVE (Nov 11) and COWBOYS FOR CHRISTMAS (Nov 18). I cannot wait for readers to finally did in. There’s just this other little compartment of my brain that has moved on. And I really can’t wait for you to see where we’re going.

Being Shown Up by my Kiddo

on April 11, 2008

I spend a great deal of time talking about writing, studying writing, and reading other peoples’ writing. What I don’t spend a great deal of time doing is writing. Unless you count blogs, board comments, and emails, but we can’t really count those.

Just when I convinced myself I shouldn’t feel guilty for putting the writing on the back burner while I settle all the other demands in my life, my daughter has become a prolific writer. She loves to make up stories and they are not the typical fare you’d expect from an eight year old. When she has a new project, she pushes herself to write and even illustrates every page.

An example of her depth can be found in her latest project. Her class is spending the week learning about Ancient Greece, which has become the backdrop of her story about a young Greek girl. You might expect her to talk about the neat house where the girl lives or the pretty dresses she wears, but not my kiddo. Her character loses her mother in a fire at age five, loses her father to war at age 13, and is now facing the world on her own. I can’t wait to see what tragedy befalls this child next.

Let me say once again, my daughter is EIGHT YEARS OLD? Talk about feeling inferior. Don’t get me wrong, I’m proud beyond belief. She’s asked a couple of times in the last week if we can get her books published. I have the means to print her work, include her illustrations and even bind it into a book so my plan is to make it happen and put her book into her hands. Here’s hoping one day I find someone to do the same for me.

Your turn to gush. What have your kids done to make you proud? If you don’t have kids, how about nieces, nephews or someone special in your life who inspires you? And is anyone else as worried as I am that my daughter’s story is NOT going to have a HEA?