Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Birth of a Creative Idea

Welcome to one of the stops on our Valentine's Blog Tour. I'm so pleased to have the awesome Lilly Gayle as my guest, discussing the birth of creative ideas.

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Inspiration can strike at any time and from any direction. I know a writer who’s inspired by country music. She claims there’s a story in every song. I prefer top 40 and rock, but there are some country songs that you can’t help but love. So, I can understand exactly what she means.

I get ideas from movies, books, pictures, and surfing the net. I’ve also gotten ideas for stories while taking a bath or watching the news. Every news story that ends in tragedy has the potential for a happy ending. And I like happy endings.

The inspiration for Out of the Darkness came from reading Dean Koontz’s Moonlight Bay trilogy and from watching the movie Universal Soldier. And I got the idea to write Slightly Tarnished while researching information on nineteenth century plumbing!

Sometimes, all it takes is a single spark to ignite an idea for a book. I’m currently writing the sequel to Out of the Darkness, tentatively entitled Into the Light. The basic idea for the story picks up where Out of the Darkness left off. But I didn’t want this book to be one of those sequels where a reader had to read the first book to understand the second one. I want it to be a sequel, but I want it to stand alone

Check out this link from Abandoned NC and tell me if the video doesn’t give you cold chills…and ideas for a paranormal or horror story:  It gave me an idea on how to conclude Into the Light.

So, what ideas does this video give you? Any you’d like to share?

About Lilly:

Lilly Gayle lives in North Carolina with her husband of thirty years, her youngest daughter who's still in college, a dog, a cat, and various critters both dead and alive the cat occasionally drags through the doggie door. When not writing or working as a mammogapher, she spends time with her husband at the beach. Out of the Darkness, a paranormal romance is her first published novel.  A historical, Slightly Tarnished should be released sometime next year.

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Buy link for Out of the Darkness:  

Blurb for Out of the Darkness:

Her research could cure his dark hunger if a covert government agent doesn't get to her first.

Vincent Maxwell is a vampire with a conscience seeking a cure to his dark hunger. But when a scientist looking to create vampire soldiers captures and kills a fellow vampire, Vincent seeks out Dr. Megan Harper, a research scientist who discovered a link between a genetic light sensitivity disorder and vampirism. Dr. Harper could hold a key to a cure and the answers to Gerard’s death. But getting close to the beautiful scientist could endanger both their lives.

When Megan meets Vincent she believes he suffers from xeroderma pigmentosum, the genetic disease that killed her sister. Sensing a deep loneliness within the handsome man, she offers friendship and access to her research files. But she and Vincent soon become more than friends and Megan learns the horrifying truth. She's entered the dark and unseen world of vampires and Vincent is her only hope of survival.


Vincent didn’t spare her a second glance as he opened the basement door and stepped down. The sound of his boot heel striking wood echoed up the steps as he disappeared into the darkness.

“But—” Megan switched on the light and hurried after him.

“The first thing you need down here is a table and some chairs,” he said when he saw the stacks of unorganized data and reams of paper scattered across the floor. “Do you mind if I bring the ones down from the kitchen?”

“No.” She turned back toward the stairs. “I’ll help you bring them down.” It would give her something to do while she sorted through the confused thoughts and emotions tumbling around inside her head.

Vincent touched her arm and heat shot straight to her belly, turning her insides all warm and fuzzy.Warm and fuzzy was not good. Warm and fuzzy made her think of more than just heated sex. It made her think of cozy evenings snuggled up under a blanket and shared feelings. It made her long for an emotional connection she couldn’t risk. Not with Vincent. Not with a man who could potentially die a slow, lingering death.

“I’ll get it.” He let go of her arm and stepped back. “You start going through those papers and find that report you wrote comparing XP to vampire myths and legends. I’d be interested in seeing if you still have it.”

He turned to go back up the stairs and Megan shivered. Why had Steve mentioned the vampire report to Vincent? And why was Vincent so interested in seeing it?

Vincent the Vampire.

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  1. Hi Lilly!

    I wish I got more ideas in the bathtub! My muse lurks around the treadmil! ; )

    Great post!


  2. I enjoyed your post. I get ideas everywhere, the newspaper, magazines, people watching, sometimes I just wakeup with an idea. Must have been dreaming.

  3. Hey, one of my stories (Hot Commodity) ideas came from a Country song too!! It was that one song about this guy getting drunk and waiking up married and it doesn't even know his wife's name.

  4. I've bought entire CDs to get one song (usually country) for inspiration. Sometimes I get a great CD and sometimes it's the only song on there worth listening to. But if it brings out the muse...well, a writer's gotta do what a writer's gotta do!

  5. You were right. As I watched the video ideas just ran through my brain. The ideas--they're everywhere, they're everywhere.

    The book sounds awesome!

  6. Lynne, I need to spend more time on a treadmill. lol! Gale, love dreaming up ideas too, but wish I'd dream the entire story. Linda, you sound like Desire author, Emilie Rose.She's the author inspired by country music. Amy, I no longer buy CD's. I download digital music from 99cents a song! Thanks, Sherry. That video creeps me out every time I watch it!

  7. Lilly, that video reminded me of a JoAnn Ross book, but I'm terrible with titles. Eerie video and sad to see so much space deteriorating.

  8. Hi Lilly! Great post! I usually use music to inspire the "emotion" I'm trying to convey while writing. The rest of the time gardening usually bring on my muse. I spend the summer writing down ideas, and the winter months getting them on paper. I guess that means I'll never be able to move to a warm climate! LOL...

  9. Caroline,
    I know what you mean. I love old homes and buildings and hate to see anything like that go to waste. AJ, if I listen to music when I write, I end up singing off key to myself and losing my train of thought. lol!

  10. HI Lilly,
    Great post. I usually find inspiration while driving. I'll plot an entire book on a long trip. Your book sounds fantastic.

  11. Wow Ciara, that must be awesome. Wish I could do that. Enjoyed your post. I'm not a big fan of country music because it often is a story. Weird, I know. I often have trouble getting to some paper fast enough for me to hold onto ideas. Seriously think I'm ADD-or maybe it's too much going on in there at once. lol... Oh and congrats on the sale Lilly! You've gotta be excited! (ps-I wouldn't mind winning a free copy of the book and not the money....just so ya know. :P

  12. I read Lilly Gayle's amazing book OUT OF THE DARKNESS, with plot twists that kept me guessing until the end. I recommend that everyone take the time to read Lilly's book. Looking forward to reading SLIGHTLY TARNISHED.
    OK Lilly, you've got me intrigued after watching Abandoned NC video. I had goosebumps! I am on pins and needles for the sequel to OUT OF THE DARKNESS.