Hello everyone! It’s time to reveal the answers for all 12 questions answered by 12 author participants in the April Group Author Interview, in the 12 genres, 12 authors, 12 months and 12 questions series! The support from Fantasy/Sci-fi authors was amazing as we have 12 authors participating in this group author interview.
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So, the 3rd question is “How do you get your ideas?”
1) Author #1 : Eric Nierstedt
Some of my ideas come from thing I read or watch, and others come from interactions with people. There’s a lot in the world to inspire you if you pay attention and learn how to make it your own.
2) Author #2: M.A.N.
Mostly from what I would like to see. Like “It would be cool if…” Other than that, it’s usually a mix of the media I consume and my personal musings.
3) Author #3: Peighton Weber
Whenever I have writer’s block, I go onto Pinterest and look up key words from my novel, which then beings up images related to it. I usually just scroll through those images for a while until I’m ready to get back to writing.
4) Author #4: Lisa Lowell
Most of my ideas are rooted in the worlds of others and the world around me. I live in a gorgeous part of the world. The waterfalls that play a prominent part of my first book Talismans, and in the third book, Life Giver, that is about to come out, are directly from walks behind the falls that is up the road from me. I love certain characters in David Brin’s work, Anne McCaffrey, Patricia McKillip and others. I take one aspect of that character and try to build someone new, but with that person’s character flaws or traits. Also, as I said above, I go on a journey with my character, knowing what new aspect I want them to change, and wait for the inspiration to strike once I arrive.
5) Author #5: Rachael Krotec
Oh, my. Everywhere and anything! (I think.) I’m not one who believes writing is some-sort of mystical and mysterious thing that only comes when the Muses bless you. Often times, I write stories that ask a question that I personally want to explore the answer to–if there even is an answer.
6) Author #6: Mark Piggott
When I was first deployed, I was missing my new wife and newborn baby girl tremendously. With late night D&D sessions off duty, it led to a recurring dream about being lost on an island with my wife and daughter. As my family grew, the dream expanded, but it always happened when I was deployed. On my last deployment, I decided to write down my dream and it developed into my novel, Forever Avalon. The funny thing is, after I finished my novel, I stopped having the dream.
7) Author #7: Chimezie Ihekuna (Mr Ben)
Sci-Fi movies, magazines and personal deep thinking
8) Author #8: Steve Holder
Some of my ideas come from my imagination, while others come from my dreams. Many come from me seeing the world in a way that is unusual and sort of strange. I think outside the box, and I write outside the box. I use my own style, and I am not afraid to break rules I have read that are supposed to guide writers in a particular direction. I like to make up my own rules as I go, and my characters seem to be that way, as well.
9) Author #9: Dyane Forde
Most of my stories are character driven, so figuring out who they are and what they want was important. Developing the characters–knowing what drives them–helps determine how to get the most out of them as well as what has to happen in the story.
10) Author #10: David Chylde
Most of it comes from my background in the Atlanta adult entertainment/nightclub scene.
11) Author #11: Irene Helenowski
Sometimes, it’s as simple as something that happened to me in the last week.
12) Author #12: Ellwyn Autumn
By listening to music, observing what’s around me and looking at fantasy photographs.
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