Putting the ‘Inspiration’ In Inspirational Romance
Ever wonder where some of your favorite authors get their ideas from? Whether it’s from real life or based on their own favorite reads, these five Love Inspired authors are here to share their own sources of inspiration.
What inspires you? Share your comments with fellow readers below!
Ruth Logan Herne, author of Learning to Trust
I am inspired in part because I had to wait so long for a chance to write! Six kids, bills to pay, working two jobs, and a plethora of hairnet and nametag jobs, but they were the BEST THING EVER… It’s like I was being paid for on the job training and research. When I write about all of us regular people in my books, it’s not because I researched waitressing or baking or childcare or teaching or wedding gown sales… it’s because I lived it and that brings so much depth into my stories, the kind that readers connect with because we’ve both been there.
Jo Ann Brown, author of An Amish Easter Wish
There are always elements of my real life in almost all my stories. Not necessarily what’s happening at the moment I’m writing that particular book, but I remember the advice I got from my sixth grade teacher during a unit on creative writing. She said, “Write what you know.” And what I know best are my emotional reactions to a variety of events. Those reactions, molded to fit the character, are what go into the stories. Sometimes, little details creep in. Other times, I use the stories to revisit something that happened and give it a different spin. My life is definitely not as dramatic as my characters’ lives!
Jill Kemerer, author of The Cowboy’s Secret
I love to read! I’ve always been a magazine junkie. I currently subscribe to Better Homes & Gardens and Midwest Living. Success magazine is my treat when I stop in at Barnes & Noble. I also buy Woman’s World at the supermarket and catch up on juicy (and mostly false!) celebrity gossip with digital versions of Star and UsWeekly from my library.
Besides magazines, I read a lot of nonfiction. I’m fascinated with productivity, human behavior and biographies. Naturally, I read a lot of romance novels. I try to buy a new-to-me Love Inspired author whenever I’m at a local superstore.
Lois Richer, author of Hoping for a Father
People inspire me. Characters. The way they act and react. Their choices and decisions and the motivation behind those. I like to shop. Okay, I really, really like to shop. 😊 But sometimes I need a break. So I’ll get a cup of coffee, find a bench and just sit and watch people, in a mall or a park, at the pool, on a tour, doesn’t matter where. If the wind knocks a kids’ ball against them, what’s their response? What made them react in that way? Did their spouse just dump them? Are they having some health issues? Do they hate kids? Ideas fly and eventually something sticks. The woman in church who still wears fancy hats every Sunday—why does she do it? What does wearing that hat mean to her? Soon an idea pops and off I’ll go exploring it. By the way, that particular hat-lady has now become a secondary character in my next three books. 😊
Laura Scott, author of Copycat Killer
I’m inspired to write by God and my faith, and the stream of the stories that pummel my brain. Just when I’m afraid I’ve run out of ideas, new ones will come to me. Must be God’s way of keeping me on track.
I feel like I use all my creative energy in writing most of my other activities are more physical, like running and working out. I love to read, and to hang out with my writer friends. We brainstorm plot ideas once in a while, but otherwise I pour all my creativity into putting words on the page.
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