Hi MC and welcome to "In a Dream Beyond", what are you currently working on?
Thanks for having me on your blog, Elyzabeth. At the moment, I’m working on a couple of projects. You can read the two first scenes of “The Road Trip” on my blog. The scenes are going to be extended in the final project, but it gives a feel of the planned story. I’m also working on a Christmas story which isn’t that easy when it’s sweaty hot outside. The story is tentatively titled “Jingle Giggle” or maybe “Jingle Tickle”. I’m still debating on the working title on this one.
Where do you draw your inspiration for your stories?
It’s hard to pin point exactly what inspires my stories, but if I look into my notes, I can find three main sources of inspiration; music, writing prompts (images don’t work, it has to be worded prompts) and everyday life. Sometimes it’s a mix of those three. For example, I have a weird zombie story idea that was inspired by “I Can’t Love you Back” by Easton Corbin, and a family romance inspired by Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Bucket”. The songs don’t have a lot to do with the actual story, but something the singer sang triggered a story. “The Road Trip” was inspired by a mix of writing prompts and everyday life. I had the word inferno, but I was also inspired by my parents’ situation at work.
I also like to follow the themed submission call of my favourite publisher. I don’t always have time to make the deadline, but that doesn’t mean the ideas I get are unusable.
If you could pick one of your characters to stay stranded with on a desert island whom would it be and why.