I often talk on and on about my family and friends who have supported me through my dream of becoming an author. In my mind I still have a far way to go, but there’s also a part of me able to smile with pride when I speak with these people about what I’ve done and where it’s taken me. But my biggest inspiration was from another author.
Today, I’m talking about Sherrilyn Kenyon. (Visit Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Site Here). She took the Greek Mythologies and made them her own through a series about the Dark-Hunters. (She’s written a lot more but I haven’t ventured into those novel enough, oops?) All while learning the gods’ and goddesses’ general role in the tales once told she turned them as needed for her novels to make them her own. The imagination called for this is amazing! I had trouble writing up a novel about a witch and that’s a tale I bet everyone has heard a story or two about. To take up the ability to write about something so grand and so far outside an average person’s mind is a talent all on its own.
A part of me really wants to do something as grand as this. I want to take some commonly known idea and twist it into an idea so far outside what the average mind would expect. My story about a witch finding true love with a werewolf in Curse Under The Moon wasn’t a common story, but I wouldn’t be surprised if someone hasn’t already written something like that. I’ll throw myself under the bus there without any shame. I never stole my idea from another, but someone else may have thought up the same thing. I’m not self centered enough to think I’m so grand.
Sherrilyn Kenyon was able to make such a large adventure for all the Dark-Hunters. She came up with new creatures for them to battle and magical ways for them to fall in love. I can’t get enough of it and I’m working hard to own my own collection of the novels. Talent is just as grand as an inspiration and I wonder what gave her the final push to write down her novels.
It’s okay to need a little help from another person, thing, or even an event. Sherrilyn Kenyon was the boot to my rear end to get me into gear. Step one for inspiring authors to start writing seriously is to find that one thing to kick them in the butt to move. It’s not as simple as riding a bike but I’ll guarantee it’s possible!
Now, go write!