Maybe it's because I write middle-grade mysteries about scientists creating giant frogs (Dead Frog on the Porch) or a slightly crazed-Scottish-Shakespeare-quoting owner of the bird sanctuary who's killing birds (Dead Bird through the Cat Door).
But as a writer, the question I get asked most often is: 'where do you get your inspiration?'
Once asked this question I usual gaze skywards searching for a double rainbow and mumble something about unicorns, rainbows, and cupcakes.
Or I give the cliched answer that I draw inspiration from everything around me. Which isn't really a cliche if you think about it.
Is it just me?
Am I surrounded by weird, unusual and unique things or do I just notice them?
Take this for example. It's a sign at the local electronic recycling place.
|Seriously people, you can't recycle your children!|
As I unsurreptitiously took the photo the manager asked if I needed any help. (No, but clearly you do if people are dropping off their kids to be recycled). I told him that I was taking a picture of the sign because it was funny. He assured me that it was true and that kids climb into the recycling bin. Then I tried to clarify the 'accepted'/'excepted' issue and he told me he didn't know anything about that.
Then we have my newest pet - no care and feeding - you just have to squeeze it until it's head (or other body parts) threaten to explode. My nephew, knowing how quirky I am, knew it would be the perfect Christmas present.
|Purple Squishy Dude|
Who wouldn't be inspired by this purple squishy dude who I can squeeze, stretch out and manipulate to my tactile heart's content!
|He loves my books!|
|And he glows in the dark!|
Okay, walk me through this. You're sitting at home with your favourite boa constrictor, you figure she needs a little outing and you think, I know, let's go to the pet store. So, you wrap her around your shoulders like a reptile stole, you hop in the car and head out.
Really?! People! Behave!
Final one. On the window of a local hamburger restaurant:
Inspiration is everywhere - you just have to notice it!
Unicorns, rainbows, and cupcakes!