When it comes to inspiration for writing, I draw from a multitude of sources, depending on the type of story I am writing. As most of my writing so far has been in the crime fiction genre, I am able to draw upon my experiences as a bail bondsman, fugitive recovery agent, process server and investigator. That work affords me the opportunity to come in contact with some very interesting characters in some interesting situations.
For "Dead Man's Breath", I took inspiration from recent current events, of both a local and national nature, and then took the Walter Mitty approach at taking some minute detail and thinking "What if this happened?". From that point, I continued to let my imagination run wild while I do my best to keep up.
Sticking with Clay Sullivan, the main character from DMB, I am using the same method for the sequel and its plot is inspired by the current state of political turmoil and civil unrest. I am very excited to see where the story goes.
There is a seed germinating in my mind that is based on my favorite teacher in high school, who had a profound effect on me and my life. While I usually work on several things at once, seeing very few through to completion, I may lay everything else aside to focus solely on this story. It is not of the crime fiction genre and I believe it will be a great story.
That being said, I have a few short story assignments that I hope to work on. Magazines and anthologies are challenging in that they give you parameters (subject, theme, word count, etc.) and you need to write to those specifications. I have not had any success so far with these, but I do enjoy the challenge. While I look forward to having one published, my plan is to combine the rejected ones into an anthology of my own.
Thanks for reading and I'll talk to you guys down the road!