Starting from March up until September I will be part of the 2014 GRL Blog Tour as featured blogger. I will host authors attending the GayRomLit Retreat in Chicago (October 16-19, 2014: gayromlit.com/content/2014-grl-featured-blogger-program). To my guests, I asked to brainstorm around the common theme "inspiration". Today author is Lexi Ander:
Sparks, Brilliant or Dim: Points of Inspiration
Points of inspiration are like stars in the night sky. Sometimes they are clustered together creating this brilliant picture, or one can draw a line to connect that point to another, or it can be faraway dim light in a space all by itself.
Inspiration can come in several forms and many authors find that spark in some of the same things. An arresting photo. Lines of poetry or song. Life experiences. Secret hopes and desires. Conversations. Dreams. Or in something as simple as the frayed end of a coarse rope. There is no right or wrong way to draw inspiration. Two people can look at the same object and withdraw two completely different ideas from what they see. Inspiration can be drawn from sorrow and give back hope.
Inspiration can be endless, fathomless, elusive, or overwhelming. At times, one could either experience feast of famine, where everywhere you look there are sparks that create one idea after another. Then there are days when you stare at the computer screen or notebook for hours with no spark to guide the way. Sometimes, it feels like the tides of an ocean pushing up the shore, rearranging the sand to tell the story of its passage and then the waters withdraw out of reach, denying the shore its cool touch.
I draw inspiration from many of the things listed above, expressions in a drawing or photograph, lines of myth a folklore, reference books on history or cultures, and the frustration of not being able to find the story I want to be told. That last point is what led to the beginning of the Sumeria's Sons series. I wanted the story of a person who defied the all-hallowed mating bond. I'd read too many stories where Alpha meant Jerk, and instead of the mate telling them to go pound sand, the mating bond made things all better, and the alpha was still a jerk. So in a moment of utter frustration, I wrote the first three chapters of Twin Flames. That small spark turned into something big.
Just this past April, at Rainbow Con 2014 I had the privilege of being a part of a conversation with Angel Martinez and David Hawk about coal mining states, history, area culture, and the aftermath of abandoned mines. For days I mulled the topics over and over. I had no idea the discussion would spark the plot to a short science fiction story, The Aurora Conspiracy, which I wrote in May for a submission call.
The Valespian Pact series was sparked by a story prompt. (Honestly, I have a real weak spot for such prompts, it's like an addiction.) "Intergalactic mm romance between a human space mechanic genius and an alien that morphs to be "human" when they mate. Have a way for the "alien" to be able to reproduce despite being male without the aid of technology for the pregnancy itself. Maybe technology was involved in the past and they "evolved" to be able to continue the alien species? HEA of course. Maybe a start of a series? Up to the author. I like series." Then Alpha Trine was born. Although, the spark didn't stop there. It jumped from the name I chose to become a flash fire of world building and plot ideas.
I will admit that when I started writing my first series, I had this fear that I wouldn't find inspiration or ideas for another story to become this one hit wonder in the publishing arena. Not to say that is a bad thing. A couple of my favorite authors, Robert Jordan and Frank Hebert, are well known for the epic series they wrote. See, I wanted to write about scores of different topics, characters, and places, to have a plethora of sand boxes to play in, discover, and experiment with. Not that I had anything to worry about because I have a notebook full of ideas that I continue to add to.
Now, if I could find the time to write our all of those ideas…About Lexi
: Lexi has always been an avid reader, and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up in the Midwest with her Yankee husband and her eighty-pound puppies named after vacuum cleaners.
Web site: http://www.lexiander.com/index.html
Tumblr: http://lexiander.tumblr.com/Lexi Ander is offering a signed paperback of Alpha Trine and Striler bundled together to one commenter on this blog. You can comment on LJ or DW if you have an account (I will send a PM to the winner), if you don't have an account, please leave a comment on DW with a contact email. Shipping outside US included.
Alpha Trine by Lexi Ander
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (September 25, 2013)
Amazon: Alpha Trine
Amazon Kindle: Alpha Trine
The sole survivor on a science vessel adrift in deep space, Zeus was adopted by the Emperor and Empress of the Mar'Sani, though he is both human and blind, and seen by most as unfit to join the royal family. Though they were able to repair his vision, Zeus does not trust his eyes and the nobles of his parents' court refuse to ever trust a frail human.
Dargon Kal-Turak, along with his symbiote and lover Alpha, command one of the most dangerous ships in the stars. Narrowly escaping a trap, they dock in a space port to make repairs, but find that the Psionics hunting them are closing in fast. In desperation they kidnap the port Master Mechanic, unaware that the man they've brought on board is more than he seems, and will bring far more upheaval to their ship, their lives, and the stars than any of them could have imagined.( Collapse )
Striker (The Valespian Pact Book 2) by Lexi Ander
Paperback: 356 pages
Publisher: Less Than Three Press (June 4, 2014)
Amazon: Striker (The Valespian Pact Book 2)
Amazon Kindle: Striker (The Valespian Pact Book 2)
The peaceful respite for which Zeus and his intended, Dargon and Alpha, had been hoping for is shattered when Zeus is unexpectedly drawn to the Waters of Poseidon and told that the safety they've been promised is a trap.
But the Fal'Amoric aren't the only important cargo on the Oethra 7, and countless others are depending on the success of their mission. If Zeus hopes to break the silent siege on Valespia and protect those most precious to him, he will need not just powerful allies but the fortitude to survive overwhelming odds.
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