When I am writing I draw inspiration from a great many things. Sometimes inspiration comes from scenes in my life but I do not recall using something that happened exactly Tue way it did in a story. I have used numerous things my kids have said. I remember during edits if Love Overcomes coming across a several notes from my editor that a four year old wouldn’t say that, to which my response was ‘but my 4 year old did say that’. I have little things they have said tucked away for future use.
Love Overcomes actually came to be because if a walk with my sister. She was writing her first children’s book and we decided to take the dog for a walk. While we were walking around the track with the dog we started talking about what if. What if her story did well. It could become a bestseller then get optioned for a movie. Wouldn’t it be amazing to consult on the script? What if they could use her dog. She informed me that I would be doing any public readings for her because she doesn’t do public speaking. About four years after that initial conversation I wrote Love Overcomes.
I have used pieces of conversations or traditions in my work. Whenever my mom reads something I wrote she will call just to point out what she noticed.
Have you ever been inspired by a conversation or event that happened in your life?