Monday, 25 February 2013

He Came For Mine Blog Tour

Hope everyone's ready for the start of another week. Today I have a guest post from the talented C.M. Brown, as part of her tour for Part Two of her Protector Series, He Came For Mine. Take it away, Carolyn!

Thanks for being part of my tour Nick and inviting me to your site today.
You have asked me to talk about what inspired me to write the Protector Series, well some might laugh, but honestly it was Stephanie Meyers, Twilight Series which ignited my passion, I actually read each book five times. I said in another post during the tour, I found the music she used on her playlists very moving, opening a doorway to my imagination, sparking my passion to write.
I immersed myself in the music of bands like: Lincoln Park, My Chemical Romance, Radiohead, Muse, Blue October, Jack’s Mannequin and many more stimulating my inspiration to write.  I still like to plug the headphones in and shut myself off to the rest of the world, listening to music when I write my stories.  It seems to be a trigger to my imagination.
When writing the first book in the series, He Came For Me, I would dream large segments of the story.  These I would note down to use as I ventured forth.  I remember one time, waking in the middle of the night, feeling elated, having found the title of the book.  Unfortunately, by the time I woke in the morning, I had lost it.  To this day, I have no recollection of what it was.
So now, when I have these inspiring moments, I make sure that I write them down!
Imagery also plays an important part in my writing, as I tend to visualize the scenes in my head, in a movie type style before writing them.  I received an email from a reader recently, informing me how my writing style seems to allow her to visualize the story as though she was watching a movie.  Of course it was nice to hear!
At present the novel I am working on which is to be titled T.I.N.T was inspired by an image I found on the web, as part of a challenge on a blog site.  The image is a distorted room, full of ghostly figures, where the walls are filled with art.  I was so empowered by this image it seemed as though the whole storyline formed in my mind from the first time I viewed it.
To sum up, I suppose my inspirations come from different sources, a combination of the books I read, music and images I see, as well as my dreams.
Thanks once again for having me here today, Nick. May I leave you and your readers with a question?  What inspires your writing?  Is it one of the above or are you inspired to write by something totally different?
(I suppose that is really two questions. Lol)

BLURB: He Came For Mine, Book Two in 'The Protector Series'

Fending for herself for almost two years,
Jazz worries she will never see Sebastian again.
A new man enters her life, but he holds a secret.

Will Jazz trust him?


Sebastian discovers an ancient ritual which must be performed
on the Chosen One's son before his first birthday, or he will die.

He returns to Earth to find Jazz in the arms of another man.

A man he knows very well.
A man he does not trust....

BARNES AND NOBLE       KOBO     SONY                                   

A long-time lover of Fantasy Novels Carolyn decided to put pen to paper and create her own. Many years spent helping high school students write their assignments from years 8 to 12, has given her the experience to forge ahead with this dream! She lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia and shares some of the wonders of this area with you in this book.
Carolyn is married with two teenage, almost adult children, one studying at University the other in the senior years of High School.
 She enjoys reading and writing and spending time relaxing on the beautiful beaches she lives close to walking her King Charles Cavalier, named Toby and swimming.

You can contact Carolyn here:

Well Carolyn, I'm very jealous that you could dream large parts of your book! I've only had useful ideas from dreams a couple of times - most of the time it's gone after I wake up. I would say what inspires me could be anything - a fragment of conversation or glimpse of a character. Some ideas seem to come out of nowhere. I also think we need inspiration throughout the whole writing process, and for me that would be trying to get the story down the way I want it to be told.

Congrats Carolyn! OK, your turn - what inspires your writing?


Mark Means said...

Best of luck and much success to Carolyn!

I don't think I've ever had a good idea from a dream and, if I had, I probably forgot it when I woke up...

Unknown said...

Thanks so much for having me today Nick and best wishes with the combined anthology for Andrew. I will certainly be posting my support on March 4.

Melissa said...

Yes, notepads and pencils all around the house are a must. So is writing when the inspiration strikes.

Congrats and best of luck! :)

Melissa said...

PS - Nick. You changed your headshot. I like it.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Bummer you lost that title!! I find listening to music very inspiring for my writing as well.

Luanne G. Smith said...

It's always interesting to learn where writers get their inspiration. Congrats and best of luck with the novel. :)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Best of wishes to you Carolyn! My writing ideas come from a lot of different places mishmashed together in my imagination with a healthy dose of "what if?" mixed in. I get ideas from dreams, newspaper clippings, staring out the window, songs, things my kids say, books I've read, movies and shows I've watched, and pictures/art I've seen . . . it all goes into my head, gets churned around by "what if?" and then somehow comes out as story and poetry ideas.

David P. King said...

Huzzah for Carolyn! Your tour is making great strides! :)

Elise Fallson said...

I remember that happening to me too, a sentence or piece of dialogue popped into my head, and I'll tell myself, I'll remember it no problem, but by morning it was gone! Makes me so made when that happens, but now I make sure to always have pencil and paper on the night stand. (:

Suzanne Furness said...

Yeah me too! I thought I'd remember in the morning but of course I didn't! My inspiration comes from various places, I often find places spark my imagination especially if I can indulge in a bit of people watching at the same time. Congrats on the book, Carolyn.

Nick, have tried to sign up on link but it doesn't seem to want to accept my details. Will try again but have made a note to give you a shoutout anyway on the 4th.

Heather R. Holden said...

I'm not a fan of Twilight, but I agree, Stephenie Meyer definitely has a good taste in music. Bands like Muse, Lincoln Park, and Blue October have inspired me as a storyteller, too!

PK HREZO said...

Nice to meet Carolyn!
It's always so cool to learn where writers get their inspiration. I get it from everywhere: music, films, books, nature. Of course, that's what I surround myself with, so I have lots of it!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Most of the stories I've written were inspired by a dream, including my YA series.

M Pax said...

Radiohead and Muse are always at the top of my playlist. I also have lots of Linkin Park and Chem Romance. Congrats Carolyn!

Happy Monday, Nick.

Jackie said...

That's happened to me before... thinking I'll remember it without writing down my thoughts, then later it's all gone from my memory. :(
So I try to write it down when I have those moments.
Congrats, Carolyn!

Mark said...

Wow, a wealth of info, thanks for the post:)

Anonymous said...

It's great learning more about Carolyn and finding out what inspires her. I listen to music when I write. It gets my imagination going.

Nicole said...

Loved hearing this background to your story. Congrats Carolyn, and thanks for a great interview, Nick!

Christine Rains said...

Great post! My inspiration comes from everywhere too. I'm not so much of a music fan, but every now and then some song will get into my head and won't let go.