You know, I’ve heard some authors say that they listen to classical music when they write because it inspires them, and I just think, “How do they do it?” I’m the kind of writer who wants complete silence when I’m working on a book. Music, TV or other people in the room are distractions for me. If music is playing I find myself stopping and saying, “Oh, I love that song,” or my foot will start tapping, or my shoulders will sway in time with the music. I would never get a book finished that way.
It might sound odd to you, but one of the things I get inspiration from when I’m writing is my characters. I like to open up my imagination and let it take flight with all kinds of ideas. I want the characters to take over and inspire me to write things I never dreamed possible.
Another thing that inspires me is when I read a really good book. The kind of book that I simply hate to put down until I get to the end, and then I’m always upset that it ends and I have no more of it to read. It doesn’t have to be a romance book to inspire me, but I’ve certainly read plenty of those that have made me want to dig deeper and give my books more passion, more drama, more emotion, more humor, well, more of everything. In fact, I tell everyone that two of my favorite books of all time are Charlotte’s Web and Lonesome Dove. They certainly aren’t romances, but they are filled with the things I just mentioned above and both books have inspired me to write and to want to write better. The characterization in both of these books amazes me.
I’m inspired by letters from my fans. The first thing I do when I get to the computer each morning is to check my e-mail. I get so excited when I see I have a fan letter. I usually get quite a few each day when, like now, my latest book A Marquis To Marry has just hit the bookstores. And I love getting all the fabulous reviews, too! It is so thrilling to get an e-mail from someone you don’t know, and to realize they not only took the time to buy and read your book, but they made the effort to tell you they loved it. The inspiration they give me is huge!
And lastly, my husband inspires me beyond measure. He has always been my biggest fan. From my very early years of writing, through periods of disappointment, to feeling on top of the world, he has always encouraged and supported me. When my first book was published, the first copy I signed went to him, and I’ve followed that now through my current book, A Marquis To Marry, which is the second book in The Rogues’ Dynasty Series. My husband has always received the first signed book, and he reads every word. His kind comments, his devotion and genuine appreciation for my work inspire me.
So now that I’ve told you what inspires me to write, tell me what inspires you about your job.