Inspiration (Step To My Bones, Day Three)

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I can’t talk much yet about what Step To My Bones is about. I explained a bit about why in my Day One post. In addition to what I shared there, there’s also one other reason. There’s a little part of me that believes if I say too much, I’ll jinx the whole thing. I’m 8,000 words into this little story of mine, and I don’t want to risk things going completely sideways and having to stop the bus again.

At the same time, I really want to share my excitement around the story with you, so I’m going to have to get creative from time to time to temper that with giving too much away. So I figured I’d start out with an easy bit of info for the time being, and answer a question that I get asked a lot when I tell people that I’m an author.

How do you come up with the ideas for your stories?

Inspiration can come from a lot of different places for me. For Edge of Shadows, it was two different mansions that were built in the same general area that came together in my mind and formed the Bradford mansion. That whole series sprung from the creation of that house in my mind.

In another burst of inspiration, I had a clear vision of a young woman who was a royal riding out to a secluded canyon where she is attacked by a bunch of thieves. That idea gave birth to the first (and later lost) draft of Heiress of Lies.

For another story, I saw this huge, ornate fountain set in the middle of a lush, green garden. Although the setting was serene at face value, it had a serious, threatening undertone. This, of course, was what become the Fountain of Souls in The Soul Garden (later renamed The Soul Ripper).

So what was the inspiration for Step to My Bones? It wasn’t a location or character like my other stories. Here, I can’t get Dean Koontz’s story, Intensity, out of my head.

I read this story probably fifteen years ago, and it still freaks me out. I have read a lot of books in my day, but rarely have I read one that had me on the edge of my seat in a frantic state of panic throughout the entire book. Although I might not remember each and every detail of the story, I remember the overall flow of it and the struggles and downright horrific events that the main character was forced to endure to survive. That story gripped me like few others ever have because the psychological aspect was far more frightening than the actual physical events depicted.

There is a serial killer in Intensity. There is a serial killer in Step To My Bones. Both have young, female protagonists. But that’s where the similarities end in terms of characters or plot. But my intention is to create for my readers that same dark, intense, edge-of-your-seat psychological experience that I felt the first time I read Dean Koontz’s novel. (At least, that’s what I hope to do if I do it right.)

That’s no small order. That book was incredible, and just talking about it now makes me want to read it again. 🙂

Step To My Bones Progress

90 somewhat distracted minutes = 2033 words = Chapter Three draft complete

(Photo credit: BK)

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