Ah, the good old “where do you get your inspiration from?” question. I’m sure just about every writer has had that question asked of them at least once: I know I have.
As I wrote then, I get my inspiration from “everywhere and nowhere” or to take a more down to earth approach, I get it from everywhere around me. I get it from my daily life. Everything I see and hear gets absorbed from the sign I see on the street to a song on my iPod to a movie on TV. Everything gets tossed into the melting pot of my brain, and so another flavour is added to the imagination broth.
And sometimes, stuff comes bubbling to the surface.
Let’s start with Perfume: The Story of a Murderer (the film, not the book, as I saw the movie first). The most obvious way it has influenced my writing is that Daniel is a perfumer from the Georgian Era. I am grateful for this because it just adds a little bit of difference to him. The most common era to pick seems to be Victorian and I’m glad to be a little different in that respect.
Moving on to music I would like to thank Mr David Bowie for his inspiration. Not only is he mentioned as a music interest Delia and Daniel have in common (for reference, Daniel’s favourite songs include “Heroes”, “Ashes to Ashes” and “Changes”, they both like “As The World Falls Down”, Delia loves “Underground” and “Rebel Rebel” and Athanasios - the oft-mentioned, but yet to be seen vampire king - is more than happy to air guitar to “Suffragette City”) but he actually inspired a character - a vampire named Jared. He was originally supposed to be dressed more like the Goblin King his name closely resembles, but instead he came as a classic vampire (but with real fangs). He’s more of a Thin White Duke inspiration, looks-wise.
“When were you going to introduce me to this tasty little morsel?” asked a stranger, sidling up to Charlie.
He was like a mirror-image of Charlie, in the sense of left being right and everything else being opposite. Where Charlie wore black, this man wore white, and where Charlie’s hair was brown, deep and rich, his hair was gold, pale and sleek against his equally pale skin. He was very good-looking, although the slight delicacy of his features made me think of him as pretty rather than handsome. Like Charlie, his fangs were exposed, but I didn’t need to see those to know he was a vampire. He had to have been the friend from Salt Lake City Charlie had invited to the party.
Although his role in the actual text of Blood Bound is small, if I do get to write the sequels his role is expanded in book two (he’s actually the one who kicks off the mystery plot) as well as his importance in the backstory revealed.
And I suppose you could say musicals are another strong influence featured in my writing, Blood Bound especially. It’s obvious in the text that Delia loves to sing, and if she had her way she’d be singing on Broadway. She names her cat Mr. Mistoffelees, considers herself to be a bit like Belle from Beauty and the Beast (”a beauty but a funny girl”) and sings songs from shows to keep herself calm even as the situation turns terrifying.
Sometimes it’s not even influences, but I see my characters, my stories in other things. The main one that pops in my head is the colour schemes from Pushing Daisies (RIP). Like Ned, Daniel wears somber colours and is a little awkward in his own skin, meanwhile Chuck and Delia are bright, bubbly and colourful and bring that into their paramours’ lives.
While this entry barely touches the surface of what’s in my imagination pot, when people ask me where does my inspiration come from I can say, “Everywhere.”
Originally published at Working Title. Please leave any comments there.