The best thing about writing fiction is having your characters come alive in your dreams. There’s nothing else like it, except maybe seeing them walking around on a stage or screen. Perhaps some day, I’ll be able to blog about how that feels.
I recently came across some advice to novelists suggesting that writing when you’re angry produces the best results. So, thank you Donald Trump. I’m angry and inspired.
I wrote my first novel, Secret Visions, in response to the ISIS beheadings. The theme of that story is peace through telepathy. The second book in the series centers on energy healing, but I’ve been struggling to define the conflict. Enter Donald Trump.
One of the main series characters is an heroic 16-year-old boy named Emir, an American Muslim with a family lineage of Sufism, the mystical side of Islam. Unfortunately, he experiences a dreadful incident while practicing energy healing. Thanks to Trump stirring up hate and paranoia, a Muslim backlash threatens him, his family and everyone he loves.
I think my struggle is over, but all my future novels are going to have a political spin until this country regains it’s sanity, and I find another cause to light my fires.
Watch for upcoming novels in the Annie McDoogan series. It’s categorized as a Young Adult series because the main characters are teens, but these are stories that are suitable for everyone from 13 – 130.
I saw La La Land last week and almost cried during Emma Stone’s last solo, Audition (Fools Who Dream). Great inspirational anthem for anyone in the arts who sometimes feels uninspired and unappreciated.
I came across a website that compiles fascinating photographs consisting primarily of landscape shots. Many of these appear alien (although they aren’t), and I think it could be a great source of inspiration for fantasy and science fiction writers. http://35zen.com/ and follow on twitter at @ImageneLive to see new photos as they are added.