First let me take a moment to thank SecondWind for having me today and then let me tell you inspiration for a novel can come out of nowhere. It’s funny how it hits you and usually at a time when you don’t have pen and paper to write it down. And then you scramble to find something, usually knocking over something (usually a drink or at least in my case it’s almost always something that makes a mess I’ll have to clean up later) and when you finally get pen and pad in hand you have to think really hard to remember what it was. And then it always feels like it doesn’t sound as good this go round.

Sigh. Yup, it’s happened to me many, many times. So, I’ve learned over the years to keep a pen and pad in my purse, one in my car and here lately, one by my nightstand. You just never know when inspiration is going to strike.

My first novel was released in April and The Devil’s Daughter was somewhat inspired by Sharon Stone in the movie The Quick and The Dead. Excellent movie. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I saw my character, Blaze first and really very vividly. The rest of the story came together much later. It took ages for this story to completely come together as it was one of the first books I’ve ever written.

I have been inspired by a single line in a book before—never used the same line—it was the tone of the line that struck me. And I immediately saw a character walking into darkness. Apparently, I write entire stories off one scene and a character lol. There seems to be a pattern here.

I recently took a trip to New Mexico. Beautiful part of the country by the way and lots of things to see. But the scenery inspired my latest work in progress. Several of the pictures that I’d taken that you see here inspired my newest novella The Texas Ranger’s Series. I haven’t decided on a set name yet so I’m going to leave you in the dark on that one.

You don’t like the dark you say? Sometimes, being in complete darkness can be one of the most inspiring moments in my day. Take a moment, turn off all the lights tonight, sit in the silence and let your imagination run.

Horseback riding or sitting outside communing with nature often inspires me, I don’t do it as much as I used to now that I’m living in a tiny apartment, but I can still very much remember the feelings nature evoke in me. Some people have a hobby or something that they do in their downtime and all too often, those moment of inspiration spring out of nowhere.

So tell me, what inspired your current work in progress or what was the most vivid moment of inspiration to you? Do you remember?Suzie Grant

You can find more about The Devil’s Daughter here. Be sure to stay tuned for book two.

Suzie’s life has been one big adventure. Her childhood was full of reading the classics like Treasure Isle, Robinson Crusoe and The Swiss Family Robinson tales. In fact her mother has another word for her “stories” but to this day, Suzie continues to dream up adventures of her own.

As a pregnant teen her adventure became a life-defining moment as she struggled to survive and raise a child on her own. During those rocky years writing became an emotional outlet.

After a very long divorce she again finds herself climbing that rocky path of life and has learned to live by a single quote: “Obstacles are placed in our path to determine whether we really wanted something, or just thought we did.” By Dr. Harold Smith.

Suzie looks forward to each new obstacle.

Taking life by the proverbial horns, Suzie now lives happily ever after with her new beau, three boys, and one little Shih tzu named Peppy Le’Pew in NC. One day she plans to retire and sail along the east coast, an adventurer to the end.


Filed under photographs, Travel, writing

3 responses to “Inspiration

  1. For the Joe January books, I was inspired by Raymond Chandler and the hard-boiled detective genre. I thought Philip Marlowe and set him against a science fiction, alternate reality backdrop. For Backstop, it was my love of baseball. In The Cobb Legacy, Cagney Nowak suffered the same affliction as did I in struggling to connect with his father. A Retrospect in Death seeks to discover the meaning of life and why we are the way we are: prewired at birth or the product of our environment. In 500 Miles to Go, I explore the pursuit of dreams and how it affects our relationships with parents and spouses. In my current work in progress, A World Without Music, my protagonist, Reagan, seeks to leave behind the horror of what he witnessed in the first Gulf War.

    I usually start my novels with only a vague premise and just go where the characters take me.

  2. Great post, Suzie. I am also inspired at times by a single sentence, or the way someone looks when another says something. I should keep a pad and pen handy at all times, but I think I’ll remember everything–silly me!

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