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Romance Writers Weekly: My Biggest Inspiration

RomanceWeeklyHope you’ve already visited Jeanne McDonald on this week’s Romance Writer’s Weekly: My Biggest Inspiration. A.S. Fenichel wants two know who has been most inspirational in my writing life. It’s probably odd, but my biggest inspiration came from a movie character. Bazaar maybe, but it’s true.

As teen, I loved to write, but the red pen stole my joy. No cultivation for story, my teachers’ only mission was to hammer home grammar and punctuation. No wonder students hate writing. After school, life happened and work, marriage, bills, and my son. Before I took up writing again, I’d lost a close friend to suicide. Looking back, I honestly believe I was searching for an outlet to channel my feelings.

gladiatorAt any rate, I was struck by the Maximus character in the movie Gladiator. From there I researched Roman history and culture and wrote a 100k plus novel titled Will of the Gods. Even though the writing sucks, I still love the story and boy did I “pants” some twists and turns in that baby.

Since then, I started writing contemporary and paranormal romances that reflect my love of the beach and are usually set on the Outer Banks of North Carolina, or closer to home in Virginia Beach. In my first full length novel release, Hot as Blazes, I acknowledge my first beta reader, Karen V who is my second inspiration. An avid reader of all genres, she encouraged me keep writing. Thanks to her belief, I persevered. I found the guts to join a writing group and with their great support, I had my novella, White Doe, published by New Dawning.

My newest release, Hot as Blazes, is published by Lyrical (Kensington) and I recently signed another contract with Lyrical for two short novels in my Seaside Heat series. The first novel, Sand and Sin is about a Navy SEAL and will release in December.

A movie changed my life. What has changed yours?  Now let’s see who’s A.S. Fenichel‘s inspirations as she’s next on the hop

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This week: Humor and inspirational tools…

RomanceWeeklyThis week’s questions come from Fiona Riplee and hopefully you arrived here via Carolyn Spear. On to the questions…

comedyDoes humor help or hinder you in your creative process? If you mean does humor in my life help me write, then yes. I learned sarcastic humor while working at a male dominated company and use it frequently when writing. At home, wisecracks and made up words are a standard form of communication, so humor usually comes out of the blue when I’m writing dialog.

What is a favorite go-to book or movie you use to unblock a problem in your writing? My issues usually arise around the dreaded saggy middle. Unfortunately, it’s not only a writing dilemma but a physical issue for me as well. LOL.

I’m not much of a plotter, but I know where I’m moving toward andsharknado sometimes it’s difficult to bridge hunky-dory to the Sharknado event. It’s Shark Week couldn’t resist!  Anyway, there’s not always a book or movie for that ailment. Usually, it’s time to fill the well and be patient with my subconscious while a cure manifests.

What’s the most inspiring book you’ve read this week or month that’s generated a new idea? New ideas…mmm. Nothing I’ve read recently has me stoked. The new and popular TV series, The Last Ship, has me reconsidering a apocalyptic novella idea I had about a m/f/m ménage.

Hope you will continue on to Mishka Jenkins’ blog to see what tools she uses for inspiration.