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I’ll be answering reader questions today. I hope you’ll enjoy getting to know me and decide to follow my blog by email or subscribe to the RSS feed as you get to know more about me and the stories I publish.
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Question: How do you get inspired to write?
Here’s an example of this inspirational process: my first novel Turning Point was formed from the intersection of an on-set story about two actresses and the psychology of a closeted person lashing out because they can’t handle their attractions. To make that a romance with an HEA I worked my way through the “why” of the thinking of each of the characters, and plotted situations that challenged them to become self-aware and eventually accept her attraction to this woman.
Here’s an example of these two things causing an idea to form: the story I wrote for the To Love and To Cherish anthology titled “Traditional Values.” This was a charity anthology to donate money to the Marriage Equality project. I was an organizing editor (along with Beth Wylde) as it was a project spearheaded by the group Sapphic Planet, of which I was a member. I also wanted to contribute a story. The concept of “traditional values” and the far right’s supposition that somehow same-sex marriage demeaned the concept would have been the perfect set up. My character Kennedy McMasters was the daughter of a Catholic New York cop. While he’d accepted Kennedy was gay, she wasn’t so sure he’d accept this. After all to christianity and Catholicism in particular, marriage is a sacrament.
“Traditional Values” is now part of my anthology So Many Ways, though I do have a few paperback copies of the original multi-author collection To Love and To Cherish still on my shelf at home.