I’ve loved telling stories for as long as I can remember, so I have needed little inspiration for that. I was eight when I first saw Star Wars, and I became obsessed with it. I started thinking of how I would want the world to be, and how I would exist in it. That wasn’t necessarily the start of my creative thinking, but George Lucas gave me the spark I needed to consider how I could make my imaginative world real.
The idea of writing down my stories came much later when I was in college. My English Instructor loved my work and told me I should consider having it published. Still, it took a few years before I built up the courage to even consider letting other people read my stuff. I spent years trying to write and failing because I had a lot of trouble making what came out on paper (so to speak) match what I saw in my head. It wasn’t working.
When I moved to Australia, my husband got me reading The Sword of Truth Series by Terry Goodkind. Through reading his work, I picked up the necessary tools for world building and writing a compelling story. It wasn’t long after that I came up with the idea for Shadow Stalker. It took several tries, but I finally had a story in a world I loved. More than that, I knew how to make it come alive with my words.
After several false starts, I came up with a version of the story I was happy with. By this point though, I was not feeling confident with the thought of self-publishing. Editing and cover design were way out of my budget, and I didn’t want to publish something that wasn’t up to scratch. Plus I worried that when I gained readers, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the demand to keep them satisfied with my writing.
Then I came across the blog on an indie author, Lindsay Buroker. Her success, and the fact that she shares everything she’s learned over the years on her blog, gave me the confidence (and information) I needed to push forward. I realized while I couldn’t afford an editor right from the start, there were plenty of people willing to beta read for me. It wasn’t the most ideal situation, but it got me started, and my beta readers helped a great deal.
That led me to meeting people who turned out to be some of my greatest supporters and helpers. I even met a great graphic artist who has been helping me with covers and promotional graphics as well as setting up blog tours and everything else. I couldn’t have gotten to where I am now without those sparks of inspiration from those great storytellers.
Who are your favorite storytellers?