It should be pretty clear by now that we're all romance writers - don't let the picture throw you off! Last week I went to my monthly Maryland Romance Writers meeting, primarily to say hello to everyone. The guest speaker was scheduled to talk about demons, which isn't exactly my cup of tea. I write funny contemporary romance without even a hint of darkness. Well, let this be a lesson to everyone: inspiration can strike where you least expect it. Our guest, Rosemary Guiley (www.visionaryliving.com) is a renowned paranormal researcher. Boy, does she know her stuff! Her newest book is an encyclopedia of demons and demonology, and you don't have to be a believer to be completely fascinated. The whole room began to frantically scribble notes - me included.
I've been toying with the idea of a trilogy with a somewhat paranormal mystery. Problem is, I had no idea what the plot device could be. Now I've got two pages of notes on the angelic side of demons, the redemptive spark they carry, and the urge to churn through the remaining 75,000 words of my current WIP in record time in order to get started on this new idea. After almost skipping the meeting based on the speaker alone, it turned out to be one of the best of the year. Moral of the story - inspiration can strike anywhere. You just have to be open to the possibility, and embrace every learning opportunity that comes your way.