Ideas, and Where They Come From
One thing that I think all authors have in common is getting ideas from the weirdest of places. Ask any author where they got the idea for their books, and a lot of the time you’ll receive an answer like, “I had a really weird dream”, or “I started to wonder: just who would win the fight between Dracula and a werewolf?”
I have pondered the latter (never written a book on it, though), and I will admit that Alex and I get a lot of ideas from our dreams and other odd places. I’ve written before about how I got the idea, in Blood Howl, for Redford’s character from a documentary about feral children. Blood Howl itself came from Alex and I pondering how two characters like Redford and Jed would interact. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again - our book ideas come from characters first, and we structure the plot around how they would interact, with an added dash of wouldn’t it be interesting if.
We’ve gotten ideas from television commericals, art, interactions with people, from fairy tales, from urban myths. We like taking traditional themes and turning them on their head to see what happens, or putting two unlikely characters together.
It makes me wonder where other authors get their ideas from. If there’s any fantastically odd place that a book idea came from, or if anybody, somebody, out there regularly gets ideas from, I don’t know, staring at potatoes or shopping around in the supermarket. Alex and I would love to hear about them!
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