What Inspires You? – Coastal Romance Australia Day Blog Hop

“Can you tell me what inspired your latest book?”
“What inspired you to write…”

The question is inevitable, though the wording changes slightly with the interviewer. What inspires you? It’s a damn good question that I find hard to answer, every time.

The short answer is music and the incredible world around me. Writing inspiration

To truly understand what inspires me, you have to come over to my place, smell the air, feel the breeze and the warmth, touch the water or jump right in, hear the rare birds flying overhead and see the colours that words can barely describe. I do my utmost to transport you to my place, so you can sense all that I do, through my stories.

If you’d like to see what inspires me – what makes me grab a camera to capture the scene, so I can send my characters in later, you’d have to see inside my head, or be there. Welcome to Australia, where most of my readers have never been. Even those who have, haven’t necessarily visited Western Australia. Yet Australia is in the heart and soul of every story I write.

It’s not just the sights, smells and sounds of where I live, either – music plays a part in inspiring my stories, too. From the background music of a scene in a café, pub, nightclub or car, through to music just to set my mood in synch with that of my characters.

So next time someone asks “And what inspired you…?” perhaps I should show them – for this is why I write so much.

Since I’m the only one inside my head (unless you count imaginary characters), I’ve tried to show you a tiny bit of what inspires me in a video – why and how I write like I do. And yes, if you look closely, you’ll see my latest work in progress as I create it – with a chapter I definitely haven’t showed anyone yet, up ’til now.

This Australia Day Blog Hop has 25 Aussie authors taking part by writing posts every day during January celebrating what it means to be Australian – and particularly at Australian author. On Australia Day (January 26th and a public holiday in Oz) you will have a chance to win a $100 voucher and 26 e-Books (some print) from the authors taking part. Click here to enter the contest via Rafflecopter.

January 1 Monique McDonnell
January 2 Sara Hantz
January 3 Annie Seaton
January 4 Imogene Nix
January 5 Caitlyn Nicholas 
January 6 Tima Maria Lacoba
January 7 Nicole Flockton
January 8 Wendy L. Curtis
January 9 E.E. Carter
January 10 Susan Horsnell
January 11 Susanne Bellamy
January 12 J’aimee Brooker
January 13 Victoria Purman
January 14 Ann B Harrison
January 15 Cate Ellink


 Demelza Carlton

January 16 Jenny Schwartz
January 17 Donna Gallagher
January 18 Lily Malone
January 19 Tea Cooper
January 20 Fiona McArthur
January 21 Max Henry
January 22 Jennie Jones
January 23 Alison Stuart
January 24 Eve Rabi
January 25 Kendall Talbot
January 26 Annie Seaton-Prize draw
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Posted in Mel Goes To Hell, Nightmares Trilogy, Ocean's Gift series, Water and Fire
4 comments on “What Inspires You? – Coastal Romance Australia Day Blog Hop
  1. Sherry Gloag says:

    Great post and fantastic video. how did you do that?😉 Awesome. Thanks for this wonderful blog hop.

  2. helensibbritt says:

    Loved it🙂

    Have Fun

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