Hi, Karen! Thanks for "dropping in." One of the biggest reasons I started writing was because I'm constantly struck by things I see while going about my everyday life, especially things that are just slightly off. My favorite thing is to ask, 'now why would that be there like that?' or 'why would that be happening? There must be a story there.'
I'd love to learn what visuals inspire you.
I can be inspired by a cappuccino that makes an odd design, my lab/pit mix, licking my face out of no where, my son’s new way of seeing things, a news article, a book.
I must say, I'm frequently inspired by coffee.
But my main stimulators: being in nature, walking, breathing and living it, which is tough since I live in NYC. However, during the summer months we spend family-time lakeside in the mountains upstate. I’ve spent many days, waking up before the kids to write. It’s my favorite time, alone with the wildlife, and if I’m real quiet I’ll have visitors such as ducks, hawks, a huge white swan, deer, chipmunks, and an egret. There’s a loon, too. This city girl is so blown over in the presence of wildlife.
I love lake trips! We have friends with a rustic cottage on a lake in N. Hampshire. These pictures you shared could have been taken there! I'm with you on the getting up and writing before the action starts. It's so quiet on the lake in the morning. Usually my company consists of the hummingbirds coming to the feeders, loons on the lake, and the odd bald eagle. Then everyone wakes up and it's down to the lake for boat rides and kayaking.
When my boys are too wild, I take off on my kayak. The best gift they ever gave me. At night, I use my escape pod to sit under the stars and locate the Milky Way, floating on the water alone. It’s like a dream. The awe fills my soul. I hold those memories through the winter until I can get back to nature the following year.
It's hard leaving summer behind for the winter, huh?
We just got back from our friends' cottage yesterday, actually, the first time we spent time there in the winter. It was crazy seeing 'bob houses' for ice fishing on the frozen lake where just months ago we were swimming and boating ...
I grew up in Florida, among other places, and I love the changing seasons. Winter inspires me, and snow. (My boys and I are snow dancing in hopes NYC gets a little white magic soon.) The city quiets …
You're a brave soul! I love to walk, even in winter, and I've braved the snow once or twice, but it usually is more pleasant in my head than it turns out to be in real life.
As artists, it's easy to draw inspiration from other creative people. I love watching shows like "Top Chef," "So You Think You Can Dance," and "Project Runway." What kinds of art inspire you?
As an illustrator, artwork or a photo can inspire me, but most often it’s an idea that really triggers my writing. A what if, or how could this happen? Or, this really scares me. If this happened how would people react?
I’m fascinated by the possibilities of creating my own world, and discovering new ideas and perspectives along the way – So much fun!
Thanks so much for taking the time to answer my questions. Good luck with the book launch. I can't wait to check it out on May 16th!
Thank you, Jessica!
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