For me, it can be a sentence, a sight, a look, a dream, a feeling, and music. Always music ...
Destiny Gift (and other books in the series) came to me after a question my husband asked me when we were talking about elements we liked in fiction. He always said I should write about gods, since he loves mythology, but to make a different spin, he asked "what if they thought gods were immortal, but they aren't? And one of them comes back to life as a human?" That simple question gave life to 3 novels and 1 novella!
With Breaking the Reins, it all started with a music video by Britney Spears - Radar. From there, I researched about Polo and found out Facundo Pieres, ranked #1 in the world - he plays with his brothers! And his father was a famous polo player too - isn't that cool? Besides, he is gorgeous ... *clears throat* But I wanted more, so I added Argus, the mistreated horse and researched Buck Brannaman, the original horse whisperer. And guess what? When he was a child, he suffered of domestic violence - I didn't think that was a coincidence, I thought that was a sign!
With Playing Pretend, it was the idea of starting with a "meaningless" fling during Spring Break - that's something most college students experience, right? So, it would be accurate ...
Lately, TV shows inspire me. Until recently, I didn't watch much TV. I like to think I still don't, but there are plenty of great shows on now ... The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Beauty and the Beast, Witches of East End, Reign, Sleepy Hollow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D, Arrow, Nikita, Teen Wolf, Legend of Korra.
One that caught me by surprise was Once Upton a Time. I watched the first episode when it first came out in 2011 but I didn't think it was good. So I just let it go. But since everyone talks about it on twitter, I ended up giving it a new chance last week - I decided I would watch the 1st episode again and try the 2nd, then make a judgement ... I watched the entire 1st and 2nd seasons in 5 days! The way they weave the fairy tales together is genius! I'm seriously jealous of their creativity!
Now I'm onto Hart of Dixie (note: the only contemporary of the whole bunch, notice?). Started watching Saturday night and I'm on the 10th episode already (note2: netflix will be the death of me).
Oh, though I haven't watched the last 2 (or 3?) seasons of Heartland yet since it's not on netflix or hulu, I have to mention it - with horses, farm, family and cute guys, what's not to like?
Two series that didn't work for me and everyone seems to love: Walking Dead - I've watched 5 episodes of that one, and Downtow Abbey - watched only 2, but it really didn't do it for me.
What about you? What inspires you?