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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Wednesday Spotlight: Sue Perkins

Where do the ideas come from, especially the fantasy stories? Funnily enough the fantasy ones come to mind easier than the romance books.

It’s the start of spring here in the Southern Hemisphere, but last summer I saw a wonderful, unusual name on a boat. Unfortunately on closer examination I realized I should have had my glasses. The name was really quite ordinary. However my first impression stuck with me and a whole world and plot evolved. It isn’t finished yet but I’m longing to see where it’s going to end up.

Another story came to me when I was searching for a graphic to use on a book trailer. The image had no resemblance to what I wanted for the trailer, but it sure got the creative juices going and there’s another one on the computer waiting to be written. I’ve already decided this will be the first in a series.

A visit to the library and a thought crossed my mind. What happens in the library after it’s shut and the lights are out? You won’t have to wait long to find out the answer to that one. Spirit Stealer comes out next month and is a fantasy for Middle Grade children. Further details are available on my website. A garden gnome fishing in a concrete pond, another Middle Grade book - Reva’s Quest will be released in January 2012.

I would hate to look inside my mind, it must be the most cluttered, untidy place with bits of stories entwined with thoughts of family, friends and work, unless of course my muse has invited friends in to help her tidy up). When I think about it though, I doubt if it’s much different from most authors' minds. We tend to tuck plots and details away ready to be used at a moment’s notice. Our main problem is finding them again.

Sue’s website is: http://www.sueperkinsauthor.com
Sue’s blog: http://sueperkinsauthor.blogspot.com


3 comments:

Rosemary Gemmell said...

Great post, Sue - I love the way those ideas stimulate your imagination to produce so many stories!

Sadie and Sophie said...

There used to be a television ad for a college awhile back and their "grab ya" line was, "A mind is a terrible thing to waste." I'd add, "so why waste time trying to clear up all the great ideas floating around!"

Enjoyed the post very much. Keep up the good work! And remember, great minds think alike, so there are probably more of us out there with buys minds than you think!

Sadie and Sophie said...

AAAugh, BUSY minds. grrrr.