One question authors always have to answer on interviews is: where do you get your inspiration from? And every author answers: from everywhere. Because it is true!

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?

Cheers,

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  1. I think inspiration can truly be found anywhere and I think that is one of the greatest things ever.

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  2. Julianna, I love how you are inspired by TV shows Me too! I think some of the series on right now are so much better than many of the movies out there. The characters are a lot more interesting and the plots are intricate and developed.

    I know I was inspired by the partnerships of Sherlock and Watson on ELEMENTARY, Rayland and Rachel on JUSTIFIED and The Doctor and Clara on DOCTOR WHO when I was creating the dynamic between Adam and Jada in my HEARTBEAT series.

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    1. Also, TV shows have more room to explore those relationships. Movies have 2 hours, or 3 hours tops, to show an entire relationship taking form while TV series can drag it along several episodes ... which, sometimes, makes it more interesting ;)

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  3. I got inspired to write my fantasy/fairytale retelling by seeing a shawl. I kid you not. lol

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  4. Don't laugh, but my inspiration when I'd first conceived my story idea was Sailor Moon. Alright... you can go ahead and laugh. :)

    Nowadays it's mostly music that inspires me.

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    1. That's how the author of Cinder got her idea to write her series. It's completely based off Sailor Moon and I've gotten ideas too for my sci-fi romance series. ;)

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    2. One of the biggest inspirations for me is the anime "Revolutionary Girl Utena", directed by the same person who did "Sailor Moon". I'm not laughing, because I know what you mean. ^_^

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    3. Jeez, I guess I'll have to watch Sailor Moon to see what this is all about!

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  5. Love this! I'm the same way. I just started a new story the other day. I got the idea when I went to the laundry mat and did laundry. That's it. Only did my laundry and I got an idea :P Literally had one scene mapped out. It took over and now I've written almost half the book, haha. Inspiration comes from the crazy places!

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    1. See? Inspiration can hit us anywhere, anytime ;)

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  6. While inspiration can and does come from anywhere, I've had more of my story ideas while in the shower than anywhere else. This has led to more jokes from my friends than I care to count. @_@

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    1. Ha! True! For me, it's on the elliptical - I workout at least 40 minutes per day, sometimes 1hr. I put on some loud music, close my eyes and let my mind wander ... several writer's block and plot problems were solved that way ;)

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  7. My ideas come almost exclusively from music. I'll have a vague personality of a character in my head, and then I'll hear a song and suddenly they become real.

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    1. Music is my battery. Seriously. I also find that music videos are a great source of inspiration too, especially those that are like mini-movies ... some are so meaningful, but happen so fast and I want to explore that more ...

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