First I want to say thank you for having me here today! I’m Heather Young-Nichols and I write contemporary and paranormal romance with lots of snark and lots of steam.
Today I decided to discuss something that authors are asked pretty often.
Where does my inspiration come from?
The short answer is everywhere. Ideas come to me and sometimes I don’t even know where they came from. But sometimes, I do.
With Highest Bidder, a story about a college student who decides to sell her virginity to pay tuition, I read an article about a young woman from South America (I believe) who was doing that very thing to help with her mother’s medical bills. The idea nagged at me. I began to wonder… would people really do that? I found out the answer was yes but as I looked into it, Flannery formed in my mind. College is so expensive and more and more young adults have to be creative in their ways to come up with the money.
Another example would be Last Good Thing. I remember this one distinctively. I was driving and the song Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy by Fallout Boy came on. One of the scenes that made it into the book immediately formed in my head. Then I built the story around that one scene.
Courting Chaos was slightly different. Only because the series came together first then I had to figure out the stories. Though I had an idea about Cross even if he didn’t have a name at that point.
I was at a concert, All Time Low, which is always amazing. But as I watched and sang and danced, I knew I had to write a rockstar romance. All Time Low was my inspiration and more to the point, Rian Dawson was the inspiration for Cross.
This was probably just a long-winded way to say that inspiration comes from everywhere. And when I’m bogged down with my schedule, I don’t get many new ideas. It’s like my receptors are closed. Which is probably a good thing given that shiny new ideas are the number one thing to distract from what I’m supposed to be writing.