Little Willow asks:
What inspires you to write?
This is one of those questions that make me go all monosyllabic1 and grunty and I-dunno, I-dunno, I-dunno. Cause most of the time I have no idea where story ideas come from. None.
But sometimes I know exactly where. Like the Magic or Madness trilogy which began something like this:
I was reading a fantasy novel that suddenly took a turn for the deeply lame. So lame that I wound up throwing it across the room. Here’s what caused the book hurlage:
“I am in trouble!” quoth the hero. “Fortunately I have a magic pill of trouble-destroying properties! I will swallow it! All will be well.”2
This reader couldn’t swallow it. I was so cranky I started writing a book of my own. One where the magic wasn’t there to fix every problem the hero (or author) encounters; a book where, indeed, magic is the problem. That book became Magic or Madness.
It probably reflects poorly upon me that I am more inspired by books I hate than books I love. Sigh.
But I’m not alone, am I? Someone tell me I’m not alone . . .