Wednesday, September 25, 2013


As an author, I am often asked, "What inspires you to write?" The answer to that is both simple and complex. I am motivated by many things. It could be something as small as an insect crawling on the ground, a cloud formation, or an emotion that was aroused within me.

As many of you may know, the PRINCESS KANDAKE series was inspired by my granddaughter. She wanted to be a princess and because I really have no tolerance for the messages of the typical princess stories, I felt compelled to create a a totally different kind of princess. A story where the people are not surprised by the strength of her character or her determination and independence. But this is a post about inspiration, let me get back to that.

I recently watched a movie on television called The Magic of Belle Isle. I highly recommend it. The plot was fairly straightforward and well-acted about a struggling author and recently divorced mom. It was beautiful! It called to the story within me! It begged for me to write.

There have been many movies, books, or situations that have had this effect upon me. I am not sure how to explain it other than to say that something awakens within me and a story is born. It's like a feeling of the fantastic, a yearning that must be expressed, the groaning of something yet to be given birth. In simpler terms, my creativity has been quickened and I must write, yet again.

The story I develop must be one that has appeal for my audience: action, struggles, light romance. This is not an easy thing to do. In everything I write, I must consider the age of my audience, being careful not to take them any farther than they are truly ready to go. And because my readers are savvy, intelligent beings, I include a tiny bit of life's wisdom for them to chew on. I add something they can take away from the story that they can apply to their lives. This is regardless of whether the tale takes place in modern day, the ancient past, or far in the future. Honestly, sometimes that bit of wisdom is what can inspire a story.

So now I am writing a story about one of the characters in my PRINCESS KANDAKE series. I am not quite sure where it is leading, but I will follow wherever the character takes me and tell the story he lays before me. But I will tell you a tiny secret...the inspiration for this story is supporting others while building a life of your own and what that looks like when romance enters the picture.


Alan Tucker said...

It has to come from love, doesn't it? I don't think anyone can write well without loving it. I think it's great that your granddaughter inspired your stories. My daughter was the inspiration for my first. :-)

Lisa Orchard said...

Great post Stephanie! Keep up the good work! I love strong female characters! My character Sarah in my Super Spies series is a strong one too. :)

Stephanie, PQW said...

You are right on the mark about love inspiring me, Alan Tucker. I love the story as it presents itself to me. Then I have to run to the computer to write it down.

Stephanie, PQW said...

Thanks, Lisa Orchard! I have got to read you super Spies series.

J.L. Campbell said...

Hi, Stephanie,
Amazing how we find inspiration just about everywhere.

Stephanie, PQW said...

Hi JL, it's wonderful to hear from you. You'd be surprised where the inspiration comes from sometimes...or maybe not ;-)

Anonymous said...

Yvette Carol says:
How fascinating to get some insight into your process, Stephanie! I'm the same, movies, and tv are actually quite often a source of inspiration for me too. As well as everything else that happens in my day!! :-)