Inspiration at Home
When I’m asked about what inspires me as I write, I give my answer without hesitation: my husband.
There are so many ways he gives me motivation, focus and verve. I’ll list a few, and perhaps you will see your spouse in this description also.
He inspires me in his industriousness. Although he writes non-fiction exclusively, he is constantly working at it, trying to perfect his skills and find better and more comprehensive resources. The heroes I create are also industrious. One example is Mikhail Andropov of Daughter of the Moon, books 1 and 2. He is the president of a small survivalist organization and works long and hard trying to keep his group safe during a world-wide disaster.
A fellow’s look can be inspirational, whether in-person or in the media. Think of how many writers are inspired by George Clooney, for example. I did a poll not long ago, asking my readers which actor they were most attracted to, and he won hands-down. Sean Connery came in a close second. Since I’m attracted to men with dark hairâ€”which is what my husband hasâ€”I write my heroes with dark good looks, broad shoulders and strong physiques. One such hero is Michael O’Malley of Laricon’s Ways.
My husband also inspires me with his intelligence. If there was ever a person who could explain a complex issue in layman’s terms, it is my husband. It’s his specialty, in fact. My intellect, dubious as it might be, pales in comparison. I wrote a particularly intelligent male character for Under Wraps. Esteban says he’s Alejandro, but he has to convince our heroine of this fact or get hanged. When your life is in the balance, you have to be smartâ€”or else!
Courage is also an important component of inspiration. Who doesn’t feel inspired by firemen, policemen, and military men? They are super-courageous! My husband has courage in his convictions, just like Doc, from my book, Snowy and the Seven Wharves. Doc is a US Marshal assigned to protect Snowy from her evil stepmother.
I’ve used a lot of examples from my books in this article, but the reality is they all are inspired by my best friend, confidante, and mentor: my husband. Many writers are inspired by the people around them, people they know, and, in my case, love. That’s why we marry them. They make us feel the joy of discovery that comes with creating a new character that’s believable and who breathes like a real personâ€”just like they do.
Who inspires you?
Having begun her writing career at the tender age of seven by publishing a poem in a children’s magazine, Ms. Green has spent many years at typewriter and keyboard.
She’s the author of 11 published projects (10 ebooks; and one out-of-print traditional book).
She is a member of EPIC, the Erotic Authors Association, and the Erotica Readers and Writers Association.
Ms. Green resides in the Washington DC area, is married to her best friend, and is the mother of twin daughters.