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Two weeks ago, I wrote a post “Reverence for Rowling” that discusses why the Harry Potter series made me become a writer. Certain influences came together to start my story.
1. The whimsy of Harry’s magical world in comparison with the darker fantasy books of my childhood, made fantasy much more appealing.
2. I’d seen the author Melissa Glenn Haber speak. She mentioned that many fantasy protagonists are orphans or somehow the parents are absent. I thought it would be nice to have a fantasy book that dealt with the relationships between children and their parents in the realm of a fantasy book.
3. I used the quirks of the place where I grew up as a setting.
Thus, my first manuscript was born. I’ll admit the story borrows a little too heavily from the Harry Potter world. But it got me writing.
Each of the stories we write are inspired by several factors. They can be books, songs, overheard fragments of conversation, a NEWS story, or something from our personal lives.
My most recent short story, “My Moment”, which will be included in the Tiny Dancer anthology in October, had a number of inspirations. It’s boggling that so many influences could’ve come together in a short story.
1. I had just watched an episode of “Toddlers and Tiaras”. One mother admonished her daughter for dancing like a stripper. That horrifying line stuck in my brain.
2. Then I got the opportunity to write a speculative fiction piece. I read the back of the book, Like Mandarin, by Kirsten Hubbard, which mentions child pageants.
3. I recalled XVI by Julia Karr, where she created a society based on the sexual availability of girls ages 16 and over.
What if I wrote a story 200 years in the future where beauty pageants were a way for poor girls who couldn’t afford college to find well-off husbands? A story was born.
Writers, will you share you story influences?