How do writers get their stories? Much of our research is built into us, and we just need to find a story line in which to place it. I get my story ideas from everywhere: from my title or databases, from anything I see in the news/television, anything I see driving along the side of the road, a photograph, a drawing, or by just generally observing people.
I’ve just finished the third story in the psychic triplets’ contemporary trilogy. The first story concerns Claire, the empath and the youngest, in AT THE EDGE. The second is Tempest’s story, A STRANGER’S TOUCH (4/08); she uses her hands to determine the history of an object. Leona’s story (11/08), the one I’ve just finished is as yet untitled, and concerns her abilities as a precognitive, or “precog”.
Where did I get the idea for this trilogy? Since I am the mother of three daughters, I had some idea of their interaction. Their birth order also determines some of their personality traits. Claire, our empath, is basically in seclusion, in a cottage-type situation and she is a handcrafter, creating designer handbags. Since I am also an artist and have done handcrafting, including sewing, I understood Claire’s occupation. Many of the objects in Claire’s home, are similar to those within my own home. I surround myself with objects that please me in color and style, but also those odd ones that I think may hold an idea for a future story.
Claire’s Celtic jewelry, created by her sister, Tempest, is based from a few pieces someone gifted to me. Claire’s decorative Hummingbird which hangs from her kitchen window is a tidbit I picked up from my sister, who feeds them. Neil Olafson/hero is a workman, also an occupation in my family; I’ve seen the blue smoke from a chainsaw, such as what Neil uses.
If you take the connection well noted between twins, and expand it to triplets, add an ancient Celtic seer’s abilities that have descended to those triplets, you have Cait London’s Aislings. My own interests lean toward the Vikings, another element, but much of the material in my books is based on my experiences and interests.
IMHO, a writer needs to get out from behind his/her desk to enrich stories. There are lots of ideas floating around, and all a writer has to do is tap into them. While some of them may be universal ideas, each writer places their own unique style/experience into the stories.
Watch for A STRANGER’S TOUCH, coming in April 2008. But next on my publishing schedule is EVERY GIRL’S GUIDE TO…, a re-issue in September 2007.