Silver is kicking back and enjoying this lovely Thursday. In the meantime, she has a friend she would like everyone to meet! Here is Phyllis, from MythRider who is going to discuss how authors find inspiration for their writing. Welcome, Phyllis!
Author, Phyllis Moore
The historian sits at his desk and writes every deed, every thought so as not to be forgotten.
The historian preserves all that is important from the beginning of time, heroes to be remembered to the mundane we wish to forget.
Every scientific find is documented from first thought to proof of fact.
From a peasant’s birth to a king’s death, a historian writes it all down, every fact.
No detail is too insignificant for a historian.
I’m a historian or rather I’m an author. I preserve the lives of heroes and villains. I write about science and magic and record life on alien planets as well as in other realms. But I’m more than an author or historian; I’m a storyteller.
Whereas, a historian records what is, I make them up my stories. I take you out of this world and put you in an adventure in another world.
People often ask where you get your ideas. As if someone hands them an idea, or they can take a class, or maybe there’s an app.
Ideas come to authors because they have brains that work differently from everybody else. There’s no magic and nothing special has to happen. They can be the inspiration by pretty much anything. The rest of the world can see the same thing and go “Yeah, so what?” But to an author, something latches on as a possible story idea and won’t let go.
It haunts and teases, “Here I am. A brilliant idea. What are you going to do with me?”
The author responds, “I don’t know. What have you in mine?”
The idea just laughs. It knows, but won’t tell. It lingers in the secret parts of the brain waiting to pounce at the most unexpected moment.
One such moment happened to well-known fantasy author Neil Gaiman and his story Stardust.
One day while Neil was driving in the countryside he saw a stone wall with a hole in it. He thought of a faerie hiding behind the wall. The idea lingered but did not solidify, until one night when he saw a falling star.
How many falling stars have you seen, thought, “How cool,” and moved on?
But this particular falling star didn’t just streak across the sky, it streaked across Neil Gamin’s imagination and the plot for Stardust leaped out. It was first a comic book, then novel and finally a major motion picture, one of my favorites.
The idea that inspired my science fiction novel, Pegasus Colony, was the Minnesota weather.
And you say, “Yeah, I live through weather every year. So what? It never inspired me to write a novel.”
The difference for me is, I have the mind of an author, but more importantly, I’m originally from southern Louisiana. The weather there is quite a bit different. Therefore, Minnesota winters were new to me.
In Louisiana, I lived 68 miles due north from the Gulf of Mexico. In wintertime, it rains and rains and yes, it rains. It might reach 32 F. for a day or two. In February, it snows once every ten years. Summer begins in the middle of April and continues until the middle of October. It’s hot and humid, and well into the high 90’s pretty much every day from June to September.
In Minnesota, it’s not unusual to reach -30 F. with wind chills of -60 F. for two weeks at a time. It not unusual to have 90 inches of snow per winter season. Summer might start sometime in June and last until September. Winter starts in November and lasts until March or April.
I remember one Minnesota winter where after two weeks of extreme cold, the high was 5 below zero F. Just after that stretch of cold weather, I was at work and had been outside. I was on my way upstairs and as I passed the lounge area someone asked me, “What’s it like out there?”
“It’s 26 degrees F. and sunny,” I said. “It’s nice.”
“Wow,” he said, “that is nice.”
I kept walking, but my mind came to a complete halt. I remember thinking, “What did I just say? I’m from southern Louisiana. We invented heat and humanity and shipped it out to the rest of the country, and I think 26°F. is nice? Boy, have I changed.”
My next thought was, “What if there was a world that was so cold 26°F. was considered to be summertime?”
And that was the beginning of Pegasus Colony.
The planet Akiane is a world where winter lasts for six years. It’s so cold that except for a small stretch of water along the equator, the ocean surface around the world freezes.
There’s only one colony on this planet and they live in a habitat. They dress in winter fur suits and eat fish that has the ability to help them survive the six years of winter.
This world and the story came about because Minnesota weather inspired me.
Like so many of my kind, anything can stick in my brain and sit there and churn while it collects other ideas that bond together and form a plot.
And that’s where ideas come from.
But wait, what’s your role in all of this? You need to find a good book and curl up with it, read it and enjoy the ride.
About Pegasus Colony:
Lt. Jessica M. Hewitt can’t find peace for her own life, yet her mission is to bring peace between two worlds 28 light-years apart. Her orders are to convince the rough Pegasus Colony that they are still an Earth colony.
Soon after she lands on the alien planet, her non-existent negotiation skills immediately prove their worth, within seconds she’s failed.
The colony wants nothing to do with their home planet. They’ve been on their own for over 300 years. They’re not about to give up their independence.
At least that’s what they say is the problem. But there’s something else going on.
Not one colonist will speak to anyone from Earth.
Why had the Earth team has been exiled to the farther reaches of the colony habitat? Why are the colonists so secretive about one particular garden? What are they growing?
Most importantly what will it take to convince the colonists to just speak to her? The answer to that question may cost Jessica her life.
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