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Inspiration Behind the Stories

A peek at the inspiration for several novels

I must admit my imagination is often fueled by many and varied stimuli…

Conspiracy of Bones (formerly And the Beat Goes On) – inspired by research while homeschooling my kids when we discovered holes in evolutionary theory compared to documented evidence backing up intelligent design and what the Bible says about creation.

My Mother the Man-Eater – inspired partly by characters I had created while playing the ‘Sims’ and studying the book of Hosea. I love the boundless grace of God displayed in this story – and the title came to me in the shower!

Play It Again – inspired by listening to the radio while driving one time (don’t remember the song!) and my friend’s account of visiting Hecla Island (in Manitoba) for a conference.

Wind Over Marshdale – inspired by my hometown of Mossbank, various real life ‘characters’ we met in our many moves, and an interest in Native spirituality as it relates to Christianity after many lively discussions with several Indigenous friends who have strong views on all sides of the debate.

Neighbours Series 1 – inspired by ‘people watching’ in airports and coffee shops along with conversations with family and friends about ‘boom and bust’ economic cycles, especially around non-renewable resources and agriculture. Also inspired by Maeve Binchy’s style of using multiple POVs to tell one story. Parts of this book were written as a ‘nanowrimo’ project.

Keeping Up With the Neighbours Series 2 – readers seemed to really like Jed Malloy, a minor character from Series 1, (and I did too!) so I tapped into my many Newfie friends and wrote a whole book about Jed’s family. So fun! I love these guys!

Lone Wolf – The question, “But what happened to Thomas?” (from Wind Over Marshdale) kept re-occurringPlus, I also felt drawn to his character and wanted him to get a happy ending, so I wrote this short novella length sequel.

Three Strand Cord – Ecclesiastics 4:12 (a three strand cord is not easily broken) was the starting point coupled with my observations that close friends and even couples aren’t necessarily ‘compatible’, yet it works somehow, because one person’s strengths balance the other’s weaknesses. This one also started as a ‘nanowrimo’ project, too.

And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! I’ve got many more in various stages of ‘completeness’ – inspired by:  my love of science fiction; a conversation with my son about early eastern block hockey players who literally took their lives in their hands by defecting; an idea that came after hearing about a mercy killing on the news; a drive along a windy road full of switchbacks… the list goes on! And I didn’t even mention my children’s book inspired by a song my mother used to sing to us as kids, or some non-fiction based on speaking engagements, or my need to organize my prayer journals, or my plays. Now there is another whole blog post!

Some people think I’m full of energy because, from appearances, it looks like I’m quite productive. Perhaps I am, but it’s mostly because my head is so full I have to keep producing in order to let off some of the pressure!

This post first appeared on Inscribe Writers’ Online on October 15, 2018.  

1 Comment

  1. William Kendall says:

    Sometimes inspiration comes from the strangest of places.

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