Writers get inspired by many things. It can be a song, a movie, another book, or just random life events, among other things. We draw inspiration from all over. It’s one of the cooler things about the writing process. You never know where the next great idea will come from and sometimes it can be surprising where they do come from. Often the ideas come when least expected, and the harder one tries to find them, the more difficult it is to come up with them.
The story for Deadworld, in part at least, came from books, two of my favorite series in fact: Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” and J.D. Robb’s “In Death” series. These books have two of my favorite characters in fiction, Roland and Eve Dallas. They also represent two of my favorite story types, epic fantasy and crime fiction. Now, I didn’t literally think in the beginning, “How can I mash all of these elements together into someting new?” I began from the simpler notion of wanting to write a supernatural thriller that took a different spin on vampires. It was when I began to consider characters that these books inspired me. I love the lone, single-minded gunman character. King certainly wasn’t the first to use this, but Roland is epic in this regard, a ruined man, guided by one, do-or-die goal. Nothing else in his life matters. Eve is my favorite type of crime fighter, a wounded soul, driven to excellence in an effort to overcome a trauma she can never truly escape from. That which makes her great has also left her broken.
Now, I didn’t take these two characters and say, “I’m going to make my own version,” but if you’ve read either of those series, you might easily see where my inspiration came from. They are fantastic, defining examples of a particular character type. So, I would not be offended by any readers who came to me and said, “you must be a J.D. Robb fan” or “you know, Nick reminds me of Roland from The Dark Tower.” Of course, some might read my story and think, “man, these are just lame ripoffs of Eve and Roland.” I don’t mind admitting to my inspirations. I’m proud of my book. I think it’s an enjoyable story that will have readers feeling like it was money well spent. And in the end, that’s all I can really hope for.
So, what inspires your writing? What characters, movies, books, real life people and/or events have inspired you?