It starts with an email
I recently received an email from a fan asking what my inspiration is for my stories. As I wrote the answer, I thought to myself, "Hey! This would make a great blog post." I also thought to myself, "Hey! I'm totally out of coffee and should get some more." . . . but that has nothing to do with this, so I won't talk about it anymore.
You're not prying at all, I don't mind answering questions. As far as general inspiration goes, I've been a daydreamer all my life. I used to live in the desert and I'd spend my days as a kid walking around or riding my bike while imagining I was in other worlds.
Fantasy is my favorite genre. I love the idea of saving beautiful maidens, using magic and swords and saving beautiful maidens. I figure the part about the maidens bears repeating. ;) I've read a lot of fantasy novels, especially when I was in my teens and twenties. The Willden Trilogy is the kind of epic adventure that I love reading. It was even more fun to write.
Sci-fi is my second favorite genre. I like the idea of different worlds, different people and different life philosophies. There's the potential for danger and true adventure in space exploration. All of my writing comes with the question of 'how would this character react if this situation were placed in front of them'. My books are primarily about people living in fantastic worlds, dealing with extraordinary situations. It's also one of the best genres to add humor into, like in "Alien Coffee".
The primary genre I read as a kid was mystery. I've read most of the Hardy Boys and Nancy Drew series as well as hundreds of other books. The common theme in them was solving puzzles and persisting until something was finished regardless of the odds. I still have this mindset even as an adult. I think I add touches of it in the books along with clues as to what may happen in later stories.
With my Demented Children series, I take the question: 'how would this character react if this situation were placed in front of them' and twist it in some way. Like, 'how would a depressed emo bunny handle a normal day and what if the Easter Bunny were a factory boss?' or 'what if a rainbow lost a leg and used a tree as a peg-leg?' I got that inspiration from seeing a partial rainbow one day.
The Demented Children series is largely an attempt to amuse myself. I really like stories and have read them my entire life, but I would always think, "What would I do if I were in that situation?" As a writer, I can live the stories while they occur. There's a sense of childish amazement I find within myself as I write. Although a side effect of that childness in my writing is that many readers find my stories and style of writing immature. I mentally stick my tongue out at them, stomp my feet, take my ball and go home, so nyah. ;)
Now that I've rambled a bit, I guess the simplest answer to what is my main inspiration for writing what I do is; I love living in fantasy worlds where I get to make up what happens next. :)
All my best,
(Now to go get that coffee I was talking about)