I don't know about other authors and where they find inspiration for their wonderful works of art but I find mine in every day places such as television or a song.
My first release, Whiskey Whispers of the Past, was inspired by the song, "That's Why I'm Here" by Kenny Chesney. The song is sang from the point of view of an alcoholic who is in Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. It talks of losing every thing because of the demons he faces. The song became the inspiration for the male lead in Whiskey Whispers of the Past, Chance Daniels. Chance is a recovering alcoholic who moved from big city Los Angeles the small town Jonerstown, looking for a new start.
The female lead in my second, soon-to-be-released, book, Love Flourishes, was inspired by a character from an episode of CSI called "You've Got Male." She is a bit of an introvert who doesn't leave her house. She order from the internet and eats delivery food. This inspired Melinda "Mindy" Caldwell. She's an agoraphobic who hasn't left her house in more years than she cares to count.
The career of the female lead and her sister in my contracted story, Conflicted Jewel, comes from my stint as a jewelry salesperson, both costume and fine. I love jewelry and it seemed logical to have my characters doing something I loved. Sage and her sister, Brynne, run a small, family owned jewelry shop in Jonerstown, Pennsylvania.
My point is, inspiration is all around me. I can find it in every day activities or from past experiences. I have a notebook where I jot down my many story ideas. Some may never come to life but you just never know.
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