Thursday, June 3, 2010

What's My Inspiration?

As an author I'm often asked what I use for inspiration as I develop my characters, build their worlds, and pull the story together. The only answer I have is everything!

I grew up around Morgan horses and even today, my father still has registered Morgan horses. They were beautiful animals, trustworthy companions, and I still miss my wonderful friend, my registered Morgan Horse whose name was Rascal. We spent many hours riding, enjoying the outdoors, and I guess he understood what I talked about. Each time we had a conversation -- one-sided of course -- his ears would move and I knew he was listening. Even though he has been gone for many years now, I still use him and his mother and some of the others horses we had as the basis for so many of my characters being horse lovers.

I've been lucky to have been able to travel alot around this country as well as visit places in Europe, Mexico and South America. One of my favorite places is a little place outside of Glenwood Springs, Colorado. My sister lives in Colorado and we often meet in Glenwood Springs to enjoy the surrounding area of Redstone and Marble, Aspen and Carbondale. It's funny how so many of my characters just seem to be from places I've visited in Colorado.

Each character takes on its own personality, but often those personalities are pulled from bits and pieces of people I know, their likes, actions, individualness. For instance, Tricia, in my new romantic suspense, Can You Trust A Cowboy? is based around my daughter who is a commercial truck driver and a really good one. She loves cowboys. She was my inspiration and I hope some of her uniqueness comes through in Tricia as Tricia runs her trucking business and solves the mysteries surrounding it.

We have a lovable yellow lab named Max and I think everyone should have a loving pet. You'll find that many of my characters have a pet -- usually a dog because I'm a dog lover. Pets add so much to our world and I hope they add to my stories too.

As an author, I try hard to create interesting stories with characters you can fall in love with. Each have a little bit of me and my world woven into them, and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.

Have a great day.