The last couple of weeks have been busy ones for me as I was entertaining my previously long-lost cousins from England. This was their first trip to Canada and as such it gave me an opportunity to show them around.
For those unfamiliar with Southern Ontario, we have a myriad of attractions for tourists and locals alike. Some attractions, like Niagara Falls and the C.N. Tower, are world renowned, while many other attractions are known mostly to locals. During their 9 day visit, I tried to show my cousins as many of the well known and little known sights of Ontario. As an added bonus, the late arrival of the cooler autumn weather meant that many of our trees were still loaded with beautiful fall colors.
During our travels, I also had the opportunity to revisit places which I had not visited in years and renewed my appreciation for all that Ontario has to offer. I also had the opportunity to think about my latest book, Bloodlines: Brenda's Revenge, and found inspiration and ideas thanks to the people we encountered and the places we visited.
When I write, I find that I tend to write about subjects with which I am familiar, whether it is a particular place or a certain type of person. Being familiar with your subject matter will help your story flow better and the result will be a story that becomes much more believable, and easier to read for your readers. One of the best compliments I have received is hearing that my characters are realistic, and that the reader could actually visualize a place or event in their mind as they read my story.
Where do you find your inspiration?