This week the challenge comes from the wonderful and talented A.S. Fenichel:
Choose one of your books and tell us where the idea came from. Was it a dream, an overheard conversation, did it spark from a previous book you wrote? How did the idea come to you and how did it evolve into a full story. If you want to share a snippet, that would be awesome too.
Funny she should mention dreams….
"The Dream Dancer" did not come to me in dreams, but rather when I was alone in the middle of the night and all was quiet. I was thinking about a man. I did not know if he was aware of me or not, but I wondered what it would be like to convince him he should pursue me. If I could appear to him, when he was not distracted by reality…
One thought led to another and I imagined all the magical places we could go if we were unfettered by the world.
"The Dream Dancer" led to the soon-to-be released "Emma's Dance" which is leading to "Jester's Dance". All three are historical and all three have essences of the paranormal. So much fun! Here's a bit from "The Dream Dancer"....
He had been asleep for what seemed like mere minutes when he sensed her presence. My God, she was so beautiful, so irresistible. He saw her float above him and her scent, that magical combination of spring garden and woman, teased his senses. She held out her hand and he did not even think to resist.
"Where do you take me tonight?" he asked as he floated behind her.
Her laughter rang out like bells from a distant church. "To water."
They were in a forest and then, a clearing covered in soft, deep green moss. In the center was a pool of sparkling water, a color of blue he had never beheld. He blinked and her damp skin shimmered in the beams of sunlight filtering through the trees. She was magnificent.
Let's see how the fantastic S.C. Mitchell comes up with his inspirations.